Makurdi — Farmers in Benue State are worried as army worms wreak havoc on newly cultivated maize farms across the state.

As fall armyworms continue to wreak havoc on farms across the country, experts are warning that the damage could worsen the current food crisis.

The spread of pests and pathogens that damage plant life could cost global agriculture $540 billion a year, according to a report published on Thursday.

Gitari Ndambiri shows the devastating effect of the thrips insect on his crop in Kiamichiri village in Kirinyaga County.

Speaking Darwinistically, the planet should have no truck with the spodoptera genus, commonly known as armyworms.

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project, ADP, says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state's 11 local government areas.

Ghana’s parliament has been asked by the Agriculture Minister to declare a ‘state of emergency’ over an armyworm invasion that threatens a $133m project (560 million cedis).

Scientists have called for quick, multi-institutional collaboration and co-ordinated action against the fall armyworm that has ravaged maize to avoid economic hardship for smallholders in the regio

Sub-Saharan Africa will require a staggering $600 million annually to contain a trans-boundary pest, the fall armyworm, that is wreaking havoc across farmlands.

The fall armyworm - which decimates fields as it marches ever forward - has spread to Angola as the caterpillar eats its way through southern Africa, a U.N. agency said.

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