Japan govt joins fight against armyworms in Malawi

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 The Japanese government has provided MK222.6 million to Malawi for the fight against fall armyworms

 

The funds have been disbursed through a project called Strengthening, monitoring and early warning system for migratory pests of major food crops. Speaking in Lilongwe, the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa said the project will build the capacity of agricultural personnel. Yanagisawa revealed that they will engage 1,200 extension workers and 600, 000 smallholder farmers to monitor, prepare for, and effectively respond to the pests. He pointed out that the project goal is to reduce threats to food and nutrition security due to outbreaks of both armyworms. Chief Director in the Ministry of Agriculture Yamira Ntupanyama admitted that fall armyworms have been a major threat to maize production in the past three years.

 

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