Army worm eats through profits

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A farm owner shows the armyworm on a leaf of corn crop on a farm in Onderstepoort just north of Pretoria. (Gulshan Khan, AFP)
A farm owner shows the armyworm on a leaf of corn crop on a farm in Onderstepoort just north of Pretoria. (Gulshan Khan, AFP)

Johannesburg - 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.

Fortunately for consumers, the fears about the impact of the army worm invasion haven’t yet increased maize and food prices.

The fall army worm, which has invaded farms across the country, was difficult and expensive to control, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and was already causing extensive damage to food crops, mainly maize.

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