Addis Ababa July 14/2017 Ethiopia’s effort in combating fall armyworm is encouraging, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In an exclusive interview with ENA, FAO Representative Amadou Allahoury Diallo said “I am sure that Ethiopia will continue at this level to lead combating the fall army worm.”
Diallo appreciated the mass awareness the government has been striving to create by using different channels and working with different partners to mobilize resources.
According to him, FAO supports 25 African countries that are responding to the threat of armyworm. “We are providing technical training for the extension programs and communities”, he added.
FAO is promoting integrated pest management, which is fighting armyworm with both pesticides and by handpicking the worm.
However, the most effective, lowest-risk, economical, accessible and easily used method by smallholders needs to be determined within each country and across the continent, he stressed.
Plant Control Director at Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Zebdiwos Salato said on his part the integrated pest management system is a good way of controlling the fall armyworm.
The government has allotted 45 million birr to fight the armyworm, he revealed.
He stated that out of the total 2.4 million hectares covered with maize in six regional states about 455,081 hectares of land was attacked by the armyworm.
Furthermore, Zebdiwos said the government is working with partners to share their experience in combating fall armyworm.
Fall Armyworm moth is a migratory pest that can cause severe damages to more than 80 plant species, it was learned.
The fall armyworm occurred for the first time in Ethiopia in the last week of February 2017.