Identification kits: Fall armyworm field materials

A series of flyers and posters have been developed by researchers and disseminated to over 70,000 farmers and extension workers in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia to help identify and manage fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). The South American pest was first discovered in Africa in Ghana in early 2016 and is now affecting large areas of maize across much of Africa, with crop losses estimated to be at least 20%. The Plantwise Knowledge Bank materials are being used in plant health rallies, and in radio and social media campaigns, to advise farmers to employ prevention measures (e.g. deep ploughing and early sowing), regularly monitor crops and handpick larvae, as well as spray pesticides, if available and affordable.

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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.