Alert: Fall armyworm infestation across Southern Africa
Outbreaks of the non-native fall armyworm have been confirmed predominantly across Zimbabwe, Zambia and to a lesser extent South Africa and control operations are currently underway. In Zimbabwe, with harvests still a month away, damage has been estimated at 200,000 ha (ten percent of area planted). In Zambia, it has been estimated that twenty percent of the maize crop has been affected with six percent of the crop requiring replanting. Fall armyworm infestations along with dry conditions across parts of affected countries could adversely negatively impact food supplies for the region.
Maps and Charts:
Crop condition map synthesizing information as of February 28th. Crop conditions over the main growing areas are based on a combination of inputs including remotely sensed data, ground observations, field reports, national, and regional experts. Regions that are in other than favourable conditions are labeled on the map with a symbol representing the crop(s) affected.
Africa & Yemen Synthesis Map
Central America & the Caribbean
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