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article imageArmyworms Invading Namibia, Crops Threatened

By Bob Ewing     Feb 17, 2008 in World
The armyworms are on the march on in Namibia. Thousands upon thousands of these insect larvae are moving towards the crops, especially millet, that regional farmers depend upon.
Armyworms are marching on the Oshana region of Namibia and they are a serious threat to the regional crops. The armyworms are insect larvae, caterpillars of moths or butterflies that travel in vast numbers.
The AllAfrica report says that Yaha Nakaande is an agricultural extension officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in Ongwediva and has confirmed the threat posed by these creepy crawlies to millet farmers. Another farmer from Eputa in Ondangwa has reported an incident whereby these worms invaded his millet crop.
The Namibian of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has sent out teams to spray the area in an attempt to contain the pests and save the crop from further destruction.
Armyworms have a fondness for millet and seem to like it more than any other crop and when they attack, the result could be very devastating.
"Once armyworms have invaded a crop field application of recommended insecticides called Sumithion must be used," explained Nakaande.
The worms favour the leaves of small grains and grasses and they only chew the leaf margins; however, they can completely strip corn plants.
If the corn is not too damaged it can recover but all too often the damage is too extensive for the plants too recover.
Armyworms do the most damage near waterways, areas of lush growth or areas with lodged plants.
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