Govt secures pesticides to curb armyworm outbreak PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:20

The government has started moving in to contain the devastating armyworm by providing chemicals as a quick win solution for farmers who are battling to identify the proper pesticides to curb the outbreak of the fall armyworm which is destroying maize countrywide.

The only effective way of dealing with the devastating new fall armyworm which is destroying maize crops is for the farmers to scout their fields on daily basis and closely work with Agritex officers to positively identify the right chemicals says Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made.

Government is already on standby to deal with the usual armyworm and chemicals have been taken to strategic points countrywide for farmers to use in the event of armyworm outbreak says Dr Made.

A researcher Mr Musekiwa Makwanya urged government to take extraordinary measures to deal with bottlenecks hindering farmers to access the correct chemicals on time as well as put in place effective monitoring system to deal with any pest outbreak.

With reports indicating that the level of destruction is mild to severe in various maize fields countrywide, observers say there is need for concerted effort by government, farmers and other strategic stakeholders to urgently come up with lasting solution to save the maize crop from the destructive worm.

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