The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), was recently detected in Katherine. Four adult moths were located in a trap at after a network of surveillance traps were increased in key agricultural areas across the Northern Territory (NT), Queensland, and Western Australia to determine the current distribution and provide an early detection system for industries across these regions.
The ongoing locust invasion poses a threat to the country’s food security with the expected damage in main production areas raising fear of maize shortage this year. Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said there was a high likelihood for these insects, which have invaded the country since December, to damage the young maize crop in the field.
Aphid migration could be more than a month earlier in some regions this season due to the relatively mild winter, which allowed the pests to over-winter in crops. Monitoring of cereal crops is therefore essential for the rapid identification of aphid flights and effective disease control, with late-sown crops being particularly vulnerable to attack.
The fall armyworm is continuing to spread across North Queensland and has now been detected as far south as Bowen. The pest was first detected in Australia on two Torres Strait islands in January, before reaching the mainland at Bamaga in February. It was then detected on a property in the Gulf country, and in South Johnstone, Tolga and Lakeland.
Several counties are battling new desert locust invasions despite the ongoing spraying of hatchlings …. Farmers have urged the government to spray the locusts and compensate those who have incurred huge losses. Seed growers, including Kenya Seed Company, have halted work amid the coronavirus onslaught.
After desert locusts invaded her farm in central Kenya, Mary Muthoni, 61, ran around her maize fields shouting and banging on an old iron sheet in a desperate attempt to drive them away. “They came here yesterday evening and sat on top of these trees as though to rest there for the night,” said the mother of seven, who lives in Mahiga-Meru village in Laikipia County.
Cereal growers are advised to monitor crops closely for wheat bulb fly damage after the first signs of plant invasion were seen in eastern England at the beginning of March. The pest is typically a problem in eastern counties, but can also cause issues in the North, where damage is expected to begin shortly.
Insurers in Kenya are yet to put together a policy that can cushion farmers against losses from desert locusts currently ravaging parts of the country. Farmers in the Rift Valley and Western regions of Kenya are currently preparing for the planting season, which could largely be impacted by the invasion of desert locusts.
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