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Fall Armyworm hits Africa

June 18, 2017

A new pest is threatening food security in southern Africa.

The ‘fall armyworm’ is spreading quickly throughout the region, invading key food crops like potatoes and maize. Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa are among the countries that are hit.

But it’s not a worm, despite its name. It’s actually a hungry caterpillar that is eating and destroying crops.

It’s a big problem for farmers because it is eating maize and other crops, which people depend on for food.

What’s making it worse, is that it is a new pest, so farmers and the government don’t know how to get rid of it.

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My name is Shem Banbury. I am the owner and Chief Editor of Kiwi Kids News. By day I am a school teacher and by night a wannabe triathlete.

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1

maybe its not a new pest but it just got a new hunger for corn and potatoes

2

ew gross glad i dont live there

3

so sad that worm is taking over africa

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