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Fall armyworm status and distribution: "Since mid-December 2016, Fall Armyworms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize and rice crops in the southeastern provinces Haut-Katanga, Haut-Lomami, Lualaba, Tanganyika and Sud Kivu (OCHA 15/02/2017). 63,000 hectares have been destroyed, which represents over 80% of maize production in the territories along the Zambian border (OCHA 15/02/2017; Straitstimes 26/02/2017). Taking into account the speed at which the worms spread, it is highly likely that other neighbouring provinces, especially Nord-Kivu, Ituri, Maniema, and Kasai, are already affected. The extent of the spread would result in a significant impact on the local corn production (FEWSNET 28/02/2017)."- ACAPS Thematic Report: Armyworm outbreak in Africa, 23 March 2017.
Estimated yield loss:
Africa- Fall armyworm outbreaks. ACAPS Thematic Report (2017). https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/170323_acaps_thematic_report_armyworms_2.pdf