FAO rings alarm about rising Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia.
Concerns Expressed by FAO
- Farming in several Asian countries is under threat from a type of crop-damaging insects that have munched their way from the Americas and across Africa.
- These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and China’s Yunnan province.
- These insects feed mostly on maize and can feed on several species of crops, including rice and sugarcane.
- Armyworms which are native to the Americas have been moving eastwards since 2016 sweeping across Africa where they caused $1-3 billion in damage, before arriving in Asia.
The FAO had convened a meeting of officials from affected countries and experts for discussing ways to limit armyworm infestations amid a “growing sense of alarm”. FAO called on the nations to work together since pest has no respect for international boundaries and it threatens food security, economy, domestic and international trade.