China finds armyworm in 19 provinces, situation remains severe

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BEIJING (June 26): China’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it has now found fall armyworm in 19 provinces, across 5 million mu or about 333,000 hectares of crops.

The prevention and control of the pest remains “grim”, the ministry added.

Beijing has previously said the pest, which can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of crops overnight, is a severe threat to China’s food security.