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September 30th, 2017 /

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has entered into two agreements worth $2million with the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries to boost surveillance of Fall Armyworm (FAW) across the country.

A fall armyworm outbreak has been causing considerable crop damage in some countries including in Tanzania. The pest damages maize which is a staple food in most areas of Tanzania and the Southern Africa region as a whole. It also affects other cereals including sorghum, millet and wheat, forcing countries in the region to spend millions of dollars in preventive measures.

After more than a year of wreaking havoc across western and southern Africa, fall armyworms started to be reported Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi early this year and yesterday, (Wednesday September 27), the government signed a Climate Smart Agriculture agreement which is worth $500,000. The agreement is supported by United States Department of Agriculture.

It also signed the Value Chain Development for Rice in Iringa region agreement worth $1.5million under the support of the European Union. Read more