South Africa confirms presence of invasive pest that infests maize

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s department of agriculture said on Friday that scientific tests have confirmed the presence of the invasive fall armyworm in the maize belt, the first time the crop-damaging pest has been detected there. Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on agricultural products because the armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest. The fall armyworm is an invasive Central American species that is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart.
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