Zambia’s military and other government agencies are working to contain an invasion of army worms in maize fields in parts of the country. The army worms, which feast on young maize plants and are capable of wiping out entire fields, have been spotted in about six of Zambia’s 10 provinces, threatening the country’s staple crop.
The push to see Africa grow its Agriculture continued in 2015 with governments encouraged to improve infrastructure and technology for farmers. Areas being farmed by African smallholders are only producing around one metric tonne per hectare, compared with seven tonnes in developed markets. An ongoing drought in southern Africa also affected crop yields this year and forced farmers to cut the size of their herds.