Armyworm hits India’s corn production centre


China’s huge corn crop is certain to face infestation from an aggressive migratory pest that has already caused devastation across cereal crops in Africa. Agricensus reported that the warning comes following the identification of the Fall Armyworm in India, with the country’s agricultural research council confirming that over 70% of a field in Karnataka is infested with the grub.

Roger Day, Executive for Action on Invasives at the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) said: “There are a number of countries in Southeast Asia that are significant producers of corn, particularly China,” he warned, and the region’s planting area could be susceptible.


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