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African Development Bank gives Zambia US$500, 000 to help fight Army Worms

Economy African Development Bank gives Zambia US$500, 000 to help fight Army...

Vice President Mrs Inonge Mutukwa Wina flanked by Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe (r) during the tour of fields affected with Army worms in Chongwe District
Vice President Mrs Inonge Mutukwa Wina flanked by Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe (r) during the tour of fields affected with Army worms in Chongwe District

The African Development Bank has given Zambia US$500, 000 to help fight Army Worms.

Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo says the money will be used to procure chemicals for the spray of Army Worms.

Mr. Katambo says the ministry is on alert and doing everything possible with the support of cooperating partners to fight pests in areas of the outbreak.

The Agriculture minister was speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka.

The army worms have in the last few farming seasons ravaged maize fields in Zambia and other Southern African countries threatening maize yields.

During the 2016/2017 season, crop production was threatened by an outbreak of armyworms but Zambia still managed to reap 3.6 million tonnes of maize, up from 2.8 million the previous year, after containing the pests.

Outbreaks of the pest attack erupted in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa.

They followed a crippling El Nino-triggered drought which scorched much of the region in 2015, hitting crop production and leaving millions in need of food aid.

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