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Egypt’s Agriculture Ministry declares emergency over fall armyworm pest

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 15, 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation announced a state of extreme emergency in Upper Egypt’s various southern governorates over the potential arrival of the fall armyworm, described by agricultural experts as a devastating pest.
fall armyworm
Africa   This insect causes total collapse in the productivity of crops
This insect causes total collapse in the productivity of crops, especially corn, rice, vegetables, and cotton crops, and more than 80 other agricultural types of crops.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz Eddin Abostait instructed the ministry’s directorates in Upper Egypt to deal with pest in case it travels from Sudan to Egypt. He instructed taking precautionary measures and the formation of committees to inspect crops in Upper Egypt’s various governorates.

Head of the Central Administration of Pest Control Mamdouh al-Sebaei said that as part of the precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to address the fall armyworm, the Central Administration for Pest Control has prepared a program to spot the insect if it enters Egyptian territory.