Region fights fall army worm invasion; maize, sugarcane farms under attack
Thursday April 13 2017
Armyworm invasion: The African armyworm is capable of destroying whole crops in a few days. PHOTO | AFP | CABI
Kenya: Some maize fields have been attacked by the army worm, threatening the country’s already thin grain reserves as it seeks to avert $117 million in crop losses.
Uganda: Has allocated $6.85 million towards the purchase of chemicals, to save its farmers from a loss of 450,000 tonnes of grain valued at $200 million.
Tanzania: The insect species is said to have already destroyed about 3,000 hectares of maize farms in Chalinze ward. Government has pesticides worth $132,439, and is educating farmers on how to fight the worms.