Devastating new maize disease spotted in Uganda

A new maize disease has emerged in Uganda, threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people. The Rough Dwarf maize disease, which experts say has not been reported anywhere else in Africa, was first spotted early this year in the western and central parts of Uganda. Initial indications show that the infected maize crop displays wrinkled leaves and has stunted growth, which includes lacking cobs. It seems that the only line of defense is to sensitize farmers on how to contain the spread of the disease, which can be to keep uprooting and burning the infected crop. Read more here.

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