FILE PHOTO: A farmer displays grains of maize as he harvests his field of maize, in Bouchain, France, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
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South Africa's department of agriculture said Friday that scientific tests have confirmed the presence of the invasive fall armyworm in the maize belt, the first time the crop-damaging pest has been detected there.Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on agricultural products because the armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest. The pest can also cause extensive damage to crops and has a preference for maize, the regional staple.South Africa's agriculture ministry is registering pesticides for use against the fall armyworm.
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