Deadly ‘armyworm’ could march on Britain after devastating African crops, warn experts

Instead, Africa will have to learn to cope with it, something that will not happen, some agricultural experts say, unless African farmers can increase the productivity of their fields, something that could be best achieved by planting genetically modified crop strains resistant to Fall armyworm.

But all sub-Saharan African states, with the exception of South Africa, presently ban the planting of transgenic crops after a highly effective pressure campaign from European lobby groups opposed to genetic crop engineering.

“Africa needs the political will to embrace the technologies with the greatest potential to achieve agricultural transformation,” said Sylvester Oikeh, a project manager at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. 

Despite controlled trials showing that genetically…

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