Pests in Africa
In Africa, two major agricultural pests have recently been reported.

The African armyworm is causing significant economic damage on cereal fields and the golden apple snail on rice fields in several African countries. The prevailing weather – as a result of climate change – conditions are highly favorable for African armyworn and it is again causing damage after more than 20 years.. The FAO has allocated $500,000 to train agriculture extension officers and provide them with the necessary equipment to combat the pest.

The giant apple snail is also causing economical losses, thus a new pesticide and its precise being tested on the rice-fields.

The two pests draw attention to the fact that due to the effects of climate change, these pests may also be emerging in other parts of the world, so it is important to know their epidemiological routes in plants and the mechanisms of their pesticides.


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