GOAL Zimbabwe has now teamed up with CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, to educate farmers on best practice to fight the problem and to identify conditions under which Fall Army Worm flourish. A study on the impact of the Fall Armyworm in Eastern Zimbabwe, conducted by CIMMYT, reveals that nearly 12 per cent of crops are lost annually due to the infestation. And the study states that if the problem spreads throughout the entire country tonnes of grain to the value of $32 million could be lost.
Regular weeding, conservation agriculture, use of manure and compost, and ending pumpkin intercropping have been found to help prevent infestation.
Gift Mashango, Assistant Country Director Programs with GOAL Zimbabwe, said:
GOAL’s Zimbabwe has been working since 2017 in Chipinge and Makoni districts to empower farmers through training in agricultural practices and on how best to create lucrative and sustainable income.