THE Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has called for more resources into the fight against the Army Worms in the country, as some farmers in Chibombo continued using Washing Detergent Paste to kill the worm.
ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said the country risked losing the crops to the Army Worms if the effort to wipe it out was not doubled up.
“There is need for more resources from Government because small scale farmers can’t manage to buy pesticides on their own to kill the army worms.
“There is need for communication between farmers and stakeholders so that we can work together to avoid similar occurrence of army worms,”Mr Zimba said.
There was need to invest more efforts and resources as failure to that would result into the maize being wiped out thereby affecting this year’s yield.
He said this when he led a ZNFU team during a tour of some affected farms in Chibombo district where he learnt that some farmers were still using washing paste, Boom, to kill the ravaging worms.
The team learnt that farmers in Mwambi village had resorted to the use of Boom due to lack of chemicals in the area.
Farmers said that the Cypermeturin pesticide given to them by Government was not enough to cater for over 100 farms that had been affected by the Army Worms in the district.
The village received 25 sprays and two boxes of Cypermeturin pesticide and only 225 farmers benefited from it.
Chikumbi Information Centre contact farmer Fastone Phiri said the sprays and the pesticides were not enough to cater for all the farms that had been affected hence farmers had resorted to using boom pest which was working out for them.
“Farmers have resorted to using boom paste to spray their fields because the pesticides given by Government are not enough to kill all the Army Worms,” Mr Phiri said.
Enala Kaoma, a farmer of the same area said if the Army Worms were not controlled, the district was likely to record a poor harvest this season.
She called on Government to consider sending more pesticides to the area to kill the army worms.
Mr Zimba advised farmers to continue being alert after spraying the Cypermeturin pesticide to avoid further attack were likely to attack yields at any point.