More than 200,000 acres of farmland in Kenya's grain basket of the North Rift has been affected by the fall armyworm invasion, threatening food security.

The Deputy Minister said what the government is doing now is to assess the damage caused

Gombe — The tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, which has been ravaging tomato farms in many states since last year has resurfaced in Gombe State, resulting in huge losses to the farmers.

More than 1,350 hectares of maize farms in the Central Region have been destroyed by army worms.

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.