South Sudan | Fall armyworm control and management with bio-pesticides

South Sudan | Fall armyworm control and management with bio-pesticides
Oct 2021

FAO is supporting 3 073 farmers in Aweil, Bor, Yambio, Wau and Juba control the infestation of fall armyworm through environmentally friendly biopesticide in the fight against the fall armyworm pest in South Sudan.

Under the Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Resiliency (SAFER) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FAO trained 100 lead farmers on how to scout their crops, particularly sorghum and maize, against fall armyworm. The farmers were also trained in spraying Fawligen, a biopesticide used for the sustainable management of the pest.

The photo gallery shows the maize fields in Kapuri village, near Juba, and FAO data collection activities to assess the effectiveness of Fawligen on crops. When used with good crop management practices such biopesticides can help keep fall armyworm levels under control, lowering the need to recur to other pesticides.  

After treatment with Fawligen, maize and sorghum plantations recovered, and the pest disappeared.

Author: FAO