Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya
Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya
Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya says the army worm pest that invaded maize fields in most parts of the country has been contained, but not completely eradicated.

Ms Siliya has told parliament in a ministerial statement that government will therefore continue with surveillance programs up to the harvest time.

She has urged farmers to continue scouting their fields for the pest and spraying until after harvest time as the worm may even attack maize crops.

Ms Siliya told the house that as at 16th February,2017, a total of 234,147 farmers and a total area of 191,930 hectares of land had been affected by the outbreak of the army worm in the country.

And Ms Siliya says the survey on the invasion of fields by the Red Locust by the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Eastern and Southern Africa has revealed that a totalm of 82,000 hectares has been affected by the Red Locust.

She says to date only 2,000 hectares of farmers fields especially maize has been affected by the African migratory locust in Namwala and Itezhi tezhi including the neighboring areas.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Not let us contain this Grain Dora (Bora) before she and her termite sister Mwanakatwe put the nation into disrepute.

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  2. Useless minister! You are just yapping you don’t know what is happening on the ground. Prostitute minister. You Dora siliya only know about sex. Though you are sweety during sexual intercourse, you exchange so many men.

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  3. Army worms are seasonal…there is nothing for them to chew as tbey rains have gone..next year will be the same story as you are not prepared!!

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    • Farmers need to be educated on the seasonality of these ‘worms’ in essence caterpillars so that measures are taken in readiness to combat invasion. To say the outbreak has somewhat been contained is far from plausible explanation and I challenge the entomologists in the ministry to discuss the life cycle of these caterpillars (larvae) of some moth or butterfly if not that the observation which may seem containment is not that most of the ‘worms’ have elevated to the next stage of life cycle development known as pupae and are more or less dormant in that they are in a transition stage from which the adult butterfly or moth will emerge! Unless the entomologists have been so lazy as to have had no keen interest to holistically look into incidences of these ‘worms’ and be in position to…

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    • contd…. determine and fore warn the nation of the looming invasion, I may then conclude no justification for such civil service positions, it must then be left to academia. At least @ Jay Jay its fore warned that “next year it will be the same story!”

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  4. WHO ARE DORA’S ADVISORS? OR DOES SHE HAVE ANY? THIS IS NOT A STATEMENT THAT A MINISTER SHOULD BE MAKING. FIRST OF ALL THE USE OF THE WORD “CONTAINED” IS IN ITSELF ALARMING. THIS JUST SUGGESTS THAT THE CRISIS IS STILL GOING ON AND GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO FIND A LASTING SOLUTION. ALL THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS STOP IT FROM SPREADING! MISS MINISTER I THOUGHT YOU WERE ONCE A JOURNALIST? INSTEAD DORA SHOULD HAVE USED A HEADING THAT INSPIRES MORE CONFIDENCE. “ARMY WORM OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL”!!!

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    • Even the procuring of chemicals exterminate arm worms is dubious …these PF corrupt fooools would sell the grandmas at any opportunity!!

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  5. I wish the army worms would eradicate this fat corrupt excuse of a minister. I can inform everyone that we have survived storm dorris here which battered leeds and the United kingdom. What is sad is that most of you will never step a foot on a plane or in Europe due to poverty caused by people like Dora. I mourn with you all. Nez live in leeds UK

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  6. Good lord this girl is fat, she actually looks like the whole ntire Mulungushi House complete with all the four wings represented by her gianomous bokossi and elephantonous breasts. Imagine trying to yank her nickers off, they bounce straight back over her chunk in the trunk! I hear she is hiding the loot from the Malawi maize scandal in her bokossi, and its securely hidden until he Katangese new boyfrind comes back to plunder it because Jameson does not have the “tools” to reach deep enough down the blossom where the loot is hiden.

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  7. This Minister is only qualified to read items written to her by Permanent Secretaries, Indeed she is a reporter. We haven’t seen her like her colleague in the Ministry of Livestock & Fisheries in the Field, but all she knows is telling the nation analysis written by others. This Lady doesn’t qualify to be a Minister, she lucks commitment of taking part in the issues concerning her Ministry. Right now smuggling is rampant and she has not even bothered to visit the loopholes and discuss future plans of ensuring the meaning of curbing it. We all know that this years harvest will be affected because of the army worms, so there is need to reserve the little reserves we already have in stock.
    Some Ministries deserve to have Ministers who are practical not theoretical like Dora, she thinks…

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  8. Dora, I really doubt your intelligence, I suspect you were just a book worm at UNZA. With you everything is politics. You have even managed to politicize Army worms. The Army worms have not been contained, they worms have cocooned, because they have eaten enough when you were in the USA. What I’m trying to push in your empty head is that WAIT FOR A BIG SHOW DOWN NEXT SEASON as you see these brown eyed moths (which you are supposed to control now and a few months coming) flying around.

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