Army worm hits DRC maize crop

CityPress - - Business And Tenders -

An out­break of the crop-de­stroy­ing army worm has spread to the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo (DRC), lay­ing waste to 63 000 hectares of maize in the south­east of the na­tion and caus­ing maize prices to triple, the UN said.

Army worms, a type of cater­pil­lar that ar­rived in west Africa from the Amer­i­cas in Jan­uary last year, have al­ready de­stroyed crops in Zam­bia, Zim­babwe and South Africa.

The out­break in the DRC, which be­gan in the north of the coun­try, has now wrecked 80% of the maize in four re­gions along the south­east­ern bor­der with Zam­bia, UN spokesper­son Florence Mar­chal said in Kin­shasa.

– Bloomberg

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