The instructions from Luthuli House would certainly urge that the ANC caucus in Parliament shows restraint on Mkhwebane, while the Union Buildings would certainly prefer her out of the office as soon as yesterday., writes Ralph Mathekga.
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An invasion of crop-munching fall armyworm caterpillars has inflicted a further blow to food security in Malawi, where nearly two million people have already been hit by drought.
A prolonged dry spell and a fall army worm infestation are set to sharply curtail harvests across southern Africa, which could result in severe hunger for millions of people.
A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda.
South African maize farmers face lower profits in the coming season as they have to spend thousands more on pesticides to fight an army worm invasion.
The fall armyworm has a potential to cause a serious food security problem in sub-Saharan Africa, says an expert at emergency UN talks in Harare.
SA maize farms are suffering “extensive” damage from what appears to be an alien caterpillar that destroyed fields in other countries in the region, government says.
An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.
An invasion of fall armyworms may further damage South Sudanese farming, worsening shortages in the war-torn country where half the population is already facing hunger.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has founded a pest action group to help combat the spread of the fall armyworm, which threatens to destroy maize crops.
An outbreak of fall armyworms that has attacked corn plants may spread to sugarcane in the KwaZulu-Natal province, says the Agricultural Research Council.
The fall armyworms that have ravaged maize fields from Ghana to South Africa since arriving on the continent last year could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, a research body says.
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