Former Minister for Agriculture, Senzeni Zokwana and former MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana visited the Waterberg. Photo: Lizzy Bapela.

Destructive army worm returns


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Farmers from across the Waterberg have reportedly lost upwards of 7717 hectares of crops to the re-surfaced Fall Army Worm (FAW).

The Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed in a statement that a total of 9 848 hectares comprising of maize and sorghum, have been affected across the province, affecting a total of 

1 272 crop farmers.

“These farmers have been given advice on proper management of the FAW and also supported with insecticides for the control of this destructive pest,” the statement explained.

The department committed to monitor the occurrence and extent of this pest by, among others, setting up traps placed in various areas across the province.

Awareness campaigns were being carried out to encourage reporting and proper management of FAW.  

Affected farmers were being advised to report FAW incidences to their local agricultural offices.

The Waterberg was among the most affected districts when the pest first surfaced in February 2017. 

Outgoing Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, visited three farms in the district, accompanied by the then Limpopo MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana.

3 months ago       08 March 2018