By NATION REPORTER
OVER 33 hectares of maize fields in Monze district have been infested by armyworms and stalk borers raising fears of massive crop losses among farmers.
District Agriculture Coordinator Justine Ngosa has disclosed this to the Daily Nation yesterday.
Mr. Ngosa explained that samples from the five farming blocks in the district showed serious infestations of maize crop by the pests at five per cent adding that the pests were spreading at a fast rate and needed quick intervention.
He said of the five farming blocks sampled, Monze East and Monze North were heavily infested with the pests.
Mr. Ngosa appealed to government to intervene as soon as possible to assist farmers with pesticides to prevent crop losses which might threatens food security.
“We have done the first sampling of the five farming blocks and so far we can confirm that over 33 hectares of maize fields in Monze District have been attacked by both armyworms and stalk borers,” he said.
“Our appeal is to the government to move in quickly to help these farmers with the necessary pesticides and equipment such as sprayers to control the spread of this pests and help sustain food security in the district and nation at large,” he added.
Mr. Ngosa has also advised farmers in the district to use whatever resources at their disposal to buy recommended chemicals such as Ampligo, Denim fit, Oxy-M, Looperkill and Devacarb to kill the pests and avoid further damages.
He has further advised farmers to practice good farming methods to prevent the perennial outbreaks of the pests and ensure sustainable food security.