It’s Started. Destructive pest could spread to all of China's grain production in 12 months.

Don’t Fear Just Prepare.

The perfect storm is already forming

Source CNN WORLD 7/2019

World Grain dot com 7/7019

Hong Kong (CNN) The devastating armyworm pest has already spread to more than 8,500 hectares of China's grain production and could soon affect the country's entire crop, a new US government report said this week.

The voracious, inch-long fall armyworm, the larval form of the armyworm moth, can breed rapidly, spread great distances and is hugely difficult to eradicate.

In recent years the armyworm has ruined agricultural produce across Africa and the Americas, where it originated, and has now begun to march across Asia.

It has a large impact on a wide range of crops, including important Chinese staples such as rice, soybeans and corn.

According to the US report, prepared for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), it may have already spread to a range of southern Chinese provinces including Yunnan, Guangxi,

Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan and Hainan.

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has taken emergency measures to control the spread of the armyworm, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said in January.

The new pest comes as the Chinese government faces a number of daunting agricultural challenges. Every province in the country has now been affected by the swine fever virus, which is devastating the pork industry, a staple of the Chinese diet.

While it is not harmful to humans so far, more than 1 million pigs have been slaughtered in the past year in China to try to halt the spread of the virus.

Not Stopping in China

Delhi (CNN) After leaving a trail of ruined crops in Africa and the Americas, an invasive worm has been found in India, prompting concern that it could have a devastating effect on the country's agriculture.

Fall armyworm, a pest which feeds on maize and other key crops, has been detected in the the state of Karnataka, according to officials. In neighboring Tamil Nadu, about 15% to 20% of the maize crops on the campus of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University showed evidence of the worm.

It has already ravaged a dozen or so countries in Africa, with some areas of Zimbabwe suffering up to 70% crop destruction. According to the Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the UK's Department for International Development, African nations stand to lose between $2.4 billion and $6.1 billion due to the worm.

Indian officials and observers are fearing a similar effect on the subcontinent.

"This will certainly spread to India's neighbors to the east," said Roger Day, program executive of Action on Invasives at CABI.

He said that East and Southeast Asia has plenty of "environmentally suitable" areas where the pest can thrive, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and China.

And there's little anyone can do about it. Previous and costly attempts to stop the worm have been largely unsuccessful.

Think about these hits to the food supply and the food chain:

1-People eat pork which has been hit with disease.

2- worms attacking crops which people and animals eat.

3- Devastating weather crippling crop production

After a while all these things add up.

Without entering into fear just be wise, prepare for tough times. I will be carrying some new product lines of freeze dried products to help us all be prepared 😎🙏🏻

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