Shabelle River, Afgoi – December 2017
Shabelle River, Afgoi
Unlike other seasons, the issue of the drought in the Deyr 2017/18 season is exacerbated by the outbreak of a new insect called Fall armyworm (FAW). A survey study conducted by SATG in the Lower and Middle Shabelle, Hiran, Bay, and Bakool regions reveals that the majority of the maize crop grown during the Deyr season has been severely damaged by FAW outbreak. The damage ranges from 30-50% and, in some areas, exceeded 80%. Most of the farmers reported that this is the first season that they have seen this insect.
Fall Army Warm larvae