Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 January 2009

Liberia / Armyworms infestation has also spread into villages in neighbouring Guinea

 

 


 

 

Liberia / Armyworms infestation has also spread into villages in neighbouring Guinea

 

MONROVIA, Liberia, January 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

 

Caterpillars destroying crops across northern and central Liberia have now been conclusively identified as armyworms, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  FAO says the infestation has also spread into villages in neighbouring Guinea.

 

The agency warns that the situation may be about to get much worse.  Many of the armyworms have bored into the ground — where pesticides can’t reach them — and formed cocoons.  In the next week or two, they will emerge as moths.  “Each moth can fly up to 1,000 kilometres and lay 1,000 eggs,” says Winfred Hammond, an entomologist who is FAO’s permanent representative in Liberia.  And you can read more about what FAO is doing to deal with this matter.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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