Pursuant to the earlier reports of reported and confirmed incidences on the re-surfacing of the fall armyworm (FAW) in Limpopo, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) hereby confirms that 9 848 hectares comprising mainly of maize and sorghum, have been infested with the FAW.

Most affected is the Waterberg district with 7 717 hectares, followed by Capricorn with 1 598 hectares. The third district is Vhembe with430 hectares, followed by Mopani with 106 hectares. Sekhukhune is the least affected with two hectares. A total of 1 272 crop farmers are affected in all the districts.

These farmers have been given advice on the proper management of the FAW and supported with insecticides for the control of this pest. The LDARD continues to monitor the occurrence and extent of the pest through pheromone traps placed in various areas across the province, scouting carried out by scientists and advisors, and reports submitted by farmers and other affected stakeholders.

Awareness activities have also been carried out and continue to be carried out in the various areas of the Limpopo Province to encourage reporting and proper management of the FAW.  Although the maize season is left with just a couple of months and some of the maize crop is approaching maturity, farmers who have planted maize, sorghum and other host species are encouraged to continue to scout their crop and report any FAW infestation detected for assistance. Affected farmers are therefore advised to report FAW incidences to their Local Agricultural Offices immediately for assistance with identification, confirmation and management of the pest. -Press release