Gov’t sets aside funds to fight army worm invasion

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The government has set aside 400 million shillings to fight the fall army worm invasion that is threatening the country’s food basket.

Agricultures Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said the money will go into chemical spraying of the worms on farms and creating public awareness through the media.

To fully eradicate the invasive worms the government wants the full utilization of the fall armyworm management guidelines recently issued by the ministry of agriculture.

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The fall army worms is threatening the country’s food security. in two seasons the worms have invaded thousands of hectors of mainly maize plantations in the north rift region causing panic among many farmers.

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And now leaders are warning of food crisis if the armyworm attacks on maize, millet, sorghum, sugar and cotton fields in parts of the country are not halted.

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Members of parliament who met the agriculture cabinet secretary claim the pest is capable of wiping over 50 percent of the current crops if measures are not taken immediately saying the nation should pump in 1 billion shillings to eradicate the worms.

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The government is also calling for the full utilization of the fall armyworm management guidelines that his ministry has recently issued to eradicate the pests.

 

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