Caterpillars hijack corns in northern Togo

They introduced Togolese agriculture in 20106. Mainly, they attack maize, one of the most consumed cereals in the country. This week, attacks have been identified on a farm growing about 10 hectares of cereals in the region of Kara (northern part of the country).

The government through the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with FAO immediately mobilized to find an emergency solution.

FAO fights legionary caterpillar

In order to free the world of hunger by 2030, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has something to engage in this struggle to save crops in order to avoid slowing down its mission and food insecurity. Since the arrival of these caterpillars on the continent, consultative meetings and joint search for solutions have been organized by FAO to stop the evil. More concretely, short-term solutions focus on communication around the caterpillar (identification of the pest and preventive measures). In Togo, meetings, are multiplied to better strengthen the capacity of actors.

FAMEWS and NURU, mobile applications, launched by the organization, on March 14, 2018 for the first one to map the spread and monitor the behavior of the pest, and the other on June 25, 2018, closer to producers to let them know if the destruction of the crop is caused by the caterpillar and also to assess the level of infestation.

In the medium term, it is planned to manage the caterpillar in a sustainable manner in comparison with the actions of the affected American countries.

In the long term, approaches such as integrated pest management will be put in place.

The main structure of the Ministry responsible for this scourge is the Directorate of Plant Protection (DPV). "Any case identified or suspected must be reported to the deconcentrated services of the Ministry (Prefectural Directorates of Agriculture and ICAT) for urgent provisions," informs the ministry.

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