SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta, Walker) outbreaks from any IRLCO-CSA Member countries. Preparations for monitoring Armyworm moths through the centralized National Forecasting System and/or Community Based Monitoring were underway in readiness for the outbreak season.
There were no reports of Armyworm outbreak from any Member Country. Plant Protection units in Member Countries undertook servicing of pheromone traps for monitoring and forecasting of outbreaks, including strengthening Community Based Armyworm Monitoring in Tanzania and Kenya.
OUTLOOK (Nov 2015 – Jan 2016):
The Armyworm outbreak season may occur in areas where rains have already commenced, particularly in Tanzania and Kenya. Plant Protection Departments in Member states are advised to commence monitoring of Armyworm moths using pheromone traps and speedily take measures where outbreaks are forecasted.
Armyworm trap operators are requested to ensure that their traps are serviced and monitored and submit their moth catches to their respective National Forecasting Officer and/or village forecasters.
This forecast is issued by the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa, with thanks to The Director at IRLCO-CSA and contributions by staff of Plant Protection units in its Member Countries. Learn more about IRLCO-CSA