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September 11th, 2017

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has developed a five year project known as `Fall Army-worm’ to control the spread of army-worm disease in Africa.

Mr Allan Hruska, the Principal Technical Coordinator of the project, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, that the task would involve training of agriculture stakeholders.

Hruska said the project would also involve both radio and television campaigns to educate farmers in 14 ECOWAS member countries, on possible measures to control the outbreak.

He noted that the FAO was reaching out to World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID) to raise funds for the project.

According to him, what we are doing is to help farmers understand the management options of this disease.

He said that educating farmers on disease management options would help boost production and guarantee food security.

“Army-worm is a new insect that came from America few years ago and it is now going all across Africa affecting millions of small holder maize producers across the continent including Nigeria.

“Farmers should not panic …”
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