The army worm has already spread to more than 8,500 hectares of grain production in China and may soon destroy the entire crop of the country, according to a new US government report.
Voracious army worm can quickly multiply and spread over long distances, it is very difficult to destroy. In recent years, this pest has destroyed agricultural products in Africa and has now begun to spread throughout Asia. It has a large negative impact on many crops, including such important Chinese products as rice, soybeans and corn. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is now taking emergency measures to control the spread of the worm, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. According to the USDA report, the army worm was first discovered in China on January 29 in Yunnan province, penetrating from neighboring Myanmar.
On the eve of the CABI invasive action program at Roger Day, CABI said that much of East and Southeast Asia is “environmentally acceptable” for the worm, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and China. India tried unsuccessfully to combat the infestation of the fields with these pests. In some parts of Africa, up to 70% of crops were destroyed by an army worm, causing $ 6 billion in damage to the entire continent. The ideal means for the destruction of the pest, the larval form of the army worm moth, has not yet been found.