'Pest group' to tackle armyworm invasion - govt

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Cape Town – The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has founded a pest action group to help combat the spread of the fall armyworm, which threatens to severely impact food crops, especially maize. 

At a media briefing on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting the previous day, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said the DAFF has launched a number of awareness campaigns to provide farmers with accurate technical information and control options. 

The DAFF will also ensure the emergency registration of agricultural chemicals. 

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