The Fall armyworm is a caterpillar that was first introduced to West Africa two years ago. Since then it has spread across the continent. Farmers need information on how to identify this caterpillar, how to monitor their fields for damage, and how to control this pest. These videos from Access Agriculture provide some important information.
Killing Fall armyworms naturally
Fall armyworms damage plants, especially maize. Farmers usually think spraying pesticides is the solution to this problem, however it can actually make the situation worse. This video explains why, and as well as some natural solutions to deal with Fall armyworms.
The video is 15 minutes long and available in Amharic, English, French, Kiembu, Kiswahili, Portugese, Spanish, and Tamil.
You can also read the factsheet here: https://www.accessagriculture.org/download-request/10690/document/0
Scouting for Fall armyworms
Spraying pesticides is expensive and usually cannot control this pest. Visit your field twice a week for the first six weeks and kill any egg masses and young armyworms by hand. It is important to do scouting because without it, you will not have a harvest at the end of the day.
This 14-minute video is available in Amharic, English, French, Kiembu, Kiswahili, Portugese, Spanush, and Tamil.
You can read the related factsheet here: https://www.accessagriculture.org/download-request/10686/document/1