February 7, 2017 / 5:42 AM / 5 months ago

South African minister convinced pesticides can contain armyworms

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Small scale farmer Mutale Sikaona and agricultural officials examine maize plants affected by armyworms in Keembe district, Zambia, January 6, 2017.Jean Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's agriculture minister is convinced pesticides will be able to contain an outbreak of armyworms that threatens to cause extensive damage to crops, he told 702 Talk Radio on Tuesday.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said pesticides have been successfully tested in South Africa. The next step is to register the pesticide producers to ensure they comply with needs of farmers and consumers.

Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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