The army worms have destroyed 6,500 hectares of maize fields in Kabwe from the time they appeared last week.
Kabwe District Commissioner Patrick Chishala confirmed to ZANIS in kabwe today saying this has forced him to come up with a task force committee consisting of officers from agriculture, disaster unit and others to help the district combat the spreading of the pests.
Mr Chishala described the situation as a disaster saying some farmers have lost completely all the maize they planted while some have had their grazing pastures eaten up by the army worms which are still terrorizing farmers.
He said it was unfortunate that farmers have lost seed, fertilizer and labour since some of them had nothing to do because they have no more money to buy more seed to replant their fields.
The District Commissioner said there is need to subsidise the most affected farmers to enable them grow some maize for food security.
He however appealed to farmers not to relent but to go ahead planting maize saying there was still sometime for maize production.
Mr Chishala assured the farmers that government was doing everything possible to control the situation.
And a female farmer, Agnes Kale of Mpima area in Kabwe said she was so devastated following the loss of 8 hectares of maize out of the 10 she planted due to the army worms attack on her field.
Ms Kale appealed to government to quickly assist her come out of the problem since she was a widow who has been struggling to make ends meet for about 12 years now.
Another farmer, Ken Muleya of the same area also lamented the loss of his entire one hectare of maize that was eaten up by the worms.
Mr Muleya explained that despite efforts to spray them with pesticide, the worms continued to destroy his maize field.