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African Union to support research to combat pests threat in agriculture

Staff Writer |
The African Union (AU) will contribute to the development of research to prevent the threat posed to the farmers of the continent by the increasing presence of the corn borer.

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In this regard, they will collaborate closely with international scientists from the Insect Institute of Nairobi, Kenya, according to a statement issued by the regional bloc.

The AU pointed out that the team so far has discovered that the pest has natural enemies; all this will be subjected to exhaustive study to look for results that eventually help to mitigate the impacts.

The investigations will be carried out in almost the entire region fields, including eastern, central, southern and western Africa, the text said.

The bollworm, the larva of the nocturnal flying moth, is native to the Americas and was detected for the first time in African territory in 2016, in Nigeria, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Benin and Togo.

Ethiopia is also affected by the arrival of this species on their land, although authorities confirmed that at least 617,000 hectares of corn production were saved during the main harvest season in March last year.

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