New research published today by scientists at CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) confirms that the apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail threatens Kenya's rice production and raises the questions: How much damage will it cause in Kenya, and will it spread further?
According to AVA-Asaja estimates, the citrus production in the Valencian region of La Ribera has fallen by nearly 30% as a result of inclement weather and pests. The abundant rains in spring affected the early varieties. The cold in December and January impacted the late productions; some of the most affected varieties were of the Lane Late family.
In Namibia, large swarms of locusts have invaded fields in Kavango East and West over the weekend, destroying crops and other vegetation in their wake. Rundu rural constituency councillor Paulus Mbangu has stated that the locusts, which started from Mukwe constituency, have spread to other constituencies with some migrating to other regions. According to Mbangu, the locusts have been in the area for about a week.
The crop protection start-up Provivi has received a $10 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce pheromone-based insect control technology for smallholder farmers in developing countries. The funding comes on top of the company’s recent third round of private investment totaling more than $130 million.
The brown marmorated stink bug, a pest from Asia, has been spotted in the UK for the first time, which is quite discomforting for growers across the country. The stink bug originates from South East Asia but has invaded the US and parts of Europe in recent decades. Scientists have warned for years that it was only a matter of time before it was found in the UK.
Thousands of farmers in Meru county are counting huge losses as desert locusts are ravaging their farms daily. The locusts come at a time when most of the produce grown in eastern Kenya is ready to be harvested. These farmers are among hundreds of thousands from 14 other Kenyan counties who are affected by a second wave of the locust plague that is two times deadlier than the one that hit Kenya in 2020.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have declared war on the fall armyworm. Greg Sword, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology professor, has received $499,000 to determine fall armyworm behaviors and genomic traits that could aid in controlling the agricultural pests.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Fisheries (MAIF) last week concluded a training workshop on Desert Locust surveillance and control in Aden. FAO also delivered three vehicles to MAIF under fund from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Thousands of onions planted on 1,500 hectares of farmland in Bayambang, Pangasinan province, were destroyed after armyworms attacked, a local media reported today. About 66 villages were affected by the pest. The local government will use its calamity fund to help the 1,400 farmers whose livelihoods were impacted by what occurred.
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