Updates from the Armyworm Network

Latest Armyworm Forecast (March 2021)


Fall Armyworm(FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda): FAW was reported attacking maize in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe and perhaps elsewhere.

African Armyworm (AAW) (Spodoptera exempta): AAW outbreaks were not reported during this month.

Current situation

Fall armyworm (FAW)

FAW outbreaks were reported in Bomet and Bungoma counties of Kenya and in Mbogwe, Dodoma Municipal, Iramba, Kilindi, Simanjiro and Bahi districts of Tanzania. Control was carried out by the affected farmers with technical assistance from the MoA extension staff. In Zimbabwe, FAW outbreaks were reported in Midland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Manicaland and Mashvingo Provinces. The pest was reported attacking mainly late planted maize. Control was carried out by the affected farmers with technical and material assistance (Pesticides) from the MoAMID. FAW may be present in other regions where updates were not available at the time this bulletin was compiled (BHA/TPQ, DLCO-EA, IRLCO-CSA, FAO-FAW).

African Armyworm (AAW)

AAW was not reported during this month (BHA/TPQ, DLCO-EA, IRLCO-CSA)

Forecasts (for the next 6 weeks)

Fall armyworm (FAW)

FAW is likely to continue affecting rain-fed and/or irrigated maize and other cereal crops across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Pacific Regions and elsewhere during the forecast period. Active monitoring, surveillance, reporting and timely actions remain critical to abate significant crop damage (BHA/TPQ).

African Armyworm (AAW)

AAW is unlikely to appear or cause any significant damage during the forecast period (BHA/TPQ, DLCO-EA)

Acknowledgements This forecast is published by Lancaster University’s Armyworm Network: It is an extract from the Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) situation report compiled by USAID/OFDA/PSPM. They monitor ETOPs regularly in close collaboration with their network of national PPDs/DPVs, regional and international pest monitoring and/or control entities, including FAO, CLCPRO, CRC, DLCO-EA, and IRLCO-CSA, as well as Agency partners, and NGOs and provides timely analytical bulletins and reports to stakeholders across the globe. For dated, archived ETOP SITREPs, please, go to:

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