June 1st, 2016 – Soil Scientists In Ibadan Detect Army worms, A Viral Pest Disease Destroying Maize Farms In The South West
Prof. Lateef Taiwo, a Soil Scientist and his team at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, have discovered Armyworms devastating maize farms around South-West ecology.
Taiwo made this known in an interview with the NAN in Ibadan today.
He said the Armyworm was part of the order of Lepidoptera, the larval life stage of a fall Armyworm moth, adding that it can wreak havoc to crops if left to multiply.
“Its name is derived from its feeding habits, they strongly prefer grasses, cereals like maize, it can mercilessly eat the stem of the crop as well as the leaves,’’ he said.
The scientist advised farmers to maintain farm hygiene and use improved varieties of vegetables resistant to the viral pest.