The warning follows an alert by regional food security experts that erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Army Worm
infestationare likely to have far-reaching consequences on access to adequate food and nutrition over the next 12-15 months.
Prasanna said drought left 16 million food insecure in the East African region while an army worm
outbreak has spread to 30 countries, threatening crop production.
Russell IPM's bio-rational program proved to manage Fall Army worm
(Spodoptera frugiperda) in Tanzania successfully — reducing damage in winter maize to less than 5% while traditional pesticides managed to limit the damage to 25-30% only.
Weeds are host for white fly, army worm
and other insects," he added.
The attack of pink boll worm and army worm
will be start at the time of flowering and boll formation stage.
He said pests, including white fly, army worm
and active taela, had attacked cotton crop in Bahawalpur, Loudharan, Multan, Vehari, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, and Khanewal due to mugginess and humidity.
Countryside: Please be advised that trichogramma wasps are a very good control for army worms
as it took just two seasons to eradicate the worms from an entire orchard and farm and into surrounding areas as well (November/December issue, "The Great Army Worm
Other pests such as stem borer, Sesamiainferens Walker and Oriental army worm
, Mythimna separata Walker cause serious damage Ccasionally.
Key Words: Mung bean (Vigna radiata), Insecticides, Army worm
(Spodoptera mauritia), Arid, Punjab, Pakistan.
The MIR162 trait (Agrisure Viptera) offers control of fall army worm
, sugarcane borer and corn earworm, the main insect threats to corn in Argentina and of other damaging lepidopteran pests.
This is in addition to pest and disease control - army worm
being a particularly destructive pest as it eats the sward to the roots, leaving lawns entirely devoid of grass before moving on to other areas.
A persistent dry spell and an army worm
outbreak in Malawi have destroyed about 35 000 hectares of crops, threatening the food security of 123 000 families so far, a senior government official said last month.