Updates from the Armyworm Network

Latest African and Fall Armyworm Forecast from IRLCO-CSA – 5th Jul 2017

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm (Spodotera frugiperda J E Smith) continued to be reported in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks from any IRLCO-EA Member Countries.


Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm continued to be reported in rain grown maize in Kenya where the pest has been affecting all counties except Garissa, Wajir Mandera, Isiolo and Marsabit. National control campaign spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya was still in progress. Outbreaks of the pest affecting irrigated maize was reported in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Control by the affected farmers with assistance from the Ministries of Agriculture was in progress.


There were no reports of African Armyworm outbreaks in any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries.


OUTLOOK (Jul – Sep 2017):

The IRLCO-CSA region is likely to be free from African Armyworm outbreaks.

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm are likely to continue especially on irrigated cereal crops. Member Countries are urged to install the Fall Armyworm pheromone traps that were issued by the Organisation in May 2017 to monitor the Fall Armyworm moths.



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. The forecast is summarised here by the Armyworm Network (@spodoptera007) hosted by Lancaster University. Learn more about IRLCO-CSA


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