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Current Affairs – 08-05-2019

Why in news?

  •  Recently the outbreak of Fall Armyworm has affected
    maize cultivation in 122 villages of Mizoram.

More on news:

  •  These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
    Thailand and China’s Yunnan province.
  •  These insects feed mostly on maize and can feed on several species of crops, including rice and sugarcane.
  •  The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of
    Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia.

About Fall Armyworm:

  • The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a species in the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth.
  •  The term “armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing the large-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage.
  •  It is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage.
  •  Because of its propensity for destruction, the fall armyworm’s habits and possibilities for crop protection have been studied in depth.
  •  Armyworms which are native to the Americas have been moving eastwards since 2016 sweeping across Africa where they caused $1-3 billion in damage, before arriving in Asia.ODISHA’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES RAVAGED

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