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Jun

Latest Armyworm Forecast from ETOP (May 2020)

Synopsis

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) (FAW): FAW was reported in Tanzania. It is likely that the pest was present elsewhere in maize and other cereal growing areas during this month.

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

Current situation

Fall armyworm (FAW)

Fall armyworm (FAW) was reported affecting irrigated maize in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The pest may also present in other IRLCO-CSA member-countries, but at a much lower intensity given that maize crops had matured. Other maize growing regions across Africa, Asia, Pacific and elsewhere likely experienced FAW presence (DLCO-EA, IRLCO-CSA, OFDA/PSPM).

African Armyworm (AAW)

AAW outbreaks were not reported during this month (IRLCO-CSA).

Forecasts (for the next 6 weeks)

Fall armyworm (FAW)

FAW will likely continue affecting rain-fed and 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 preventative interventions remain critical to abate significant crop damage (OFDA).

African Armyworm (AAW)

AAW activities will likely remain calm in the primary outbreak areas during the forecast period (IRLCOCSA, OFDA/PSPM).

Acknowledgements

This forecast is published by Lancaster University’s Armyworm Network: http://www.armyworm.org/. 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: https://www.usaid.gov/what-wedo/working-crises-andconflict/responding-times-crisis/how-wedo-it/humanitarian-sectors/agricultureand-food-security/pest-and-pesticidemonitoring/archive

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