Armyworm outbreak

HARARE - An outbreak of armyworm has been reported in Mashonaland West and Central provinces - posing a severe threat to the already slim chances of a reasonable harvest this season.

A report by the Plant Protection Research Institute showed that the first outbreak of armyworm was identified at Kadoma Cotton Research in Mashonaland West on the December 5.

This was followed by another report received from Mbire District in the Dande area of Mashonaland Central Province. Agriculture Minister  Rugare Gumbo said “chemicals have been dispatched to the affected areas to control the spread of the pest”. He said an assessment done by the Plant Protection Research Institute in the affected areas shows that damage was minimal as the armyworm was still small and in solitary stage.

Gumbo urged farmers to report any suspected cases of armyworm outbreak to Agritex officers in their areas on time. – Own correspondent

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