Gov’t avails Kshs325m to eradicate fall armyworms


By Carol Njenga

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The ministry of agriculture has availed 325 million shillings to finance extension services and pesticides in the 40 counties affected by the disastrous fall army worms.

Crop Protection Assistant Director Stanley Kipngetich advised farmers affected by fall army worms to spray farms at dawn and dusk when the caterpillar is less active in order to achieve the desired results.

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The disastrous fall army worms were first reported in Western, North and South Rift regions before spreading to other regions of the country.

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The pest has caused massive damage to crops like maize especially in the North Rift region, the food basket of the country.

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This is despite efforts to offer pesticides and extension services to affected farmers.

In Nakuru County, some 70,000 hectares of farmland has been destroyed by the fall armyworm.

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Smallholder farmers are being encouraged to take up crop protection schemes to manage risks and crop failure.

It is estimated that about 800,000 hectares have been affected by the fall armyworm.


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