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Maize crops hit by armyworms

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Half of Zimbabwe's 10 provinces are infested with armyworms that threaten maize production because the country has a limited supply of the pesticide required to eradicate them.

The government had 2 800kg of the chemical, carbaryl, in stock, Godfrey Chikwenhere, the head of the Plant Protection Research Institute at the agriculture ministry, said yesterday.

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“That's probably not enough given the magnitude of the problem.” The armyworm, a caterpillar-stage moth, could “move from field to field at an alarming rate”, Chikwenhere said. - Bloomberg

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