Armyworm outbreak damaging crops in southern Africa: FAO

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Posted: Feb 03, 2017 4:49 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suspected outbreak of armyworms has spread to Namibia and Mozambique and is causing "considerable crop damage" in southern Africa, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Friday.

Suspected outbreaks have already erupted in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa and follows a crippling El Nino-triggered drought which scorched much of the region last year.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Joe Brock)