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Govt tackling army worms – Katambo

Economy Govt tackling army worms - Katambo

The government has provided 90 thousand liters of chemicals to be distributed to areas that have been ravaged by fall army worm, Agriculture Minister Micheal Katambo has disclosed.

Mr Katambo said his ministry has received reports of fall army worm infestation in scanty places and as such responded quickly.

“As government, we are alert to reports of armyworm infestation in maize fields since issues border on food security , as such we have bought chemicals that will be distributed to areas of need to combat the paste infestation “ he said .

ZANIS reports that Mr Katambo who is also Masaiti Member of parliament has further appealed to all agriculture extension field officers to be vigilant and report all army worm infestation.

“ I would like to appeal to all field extension officers to report all fall army worm ravaged areas to the ministry so that chemicals are supplied to the affected areas in good time to prevent damage to the crops” he indicated.

The Agriculture Minister speaking in an interview yesterday was positive that the country will remain food secure, with the quick intervention into the fall army worm infestation coupled with other factors.

“The reports of Army worms ravaging especially maize fields does not threaten the food security due the interventions taken, additionally the country has recorded good rainfall patterns this year” he explained.

He further said the government distributed farming inputs in good time and that the onus was on the farmers to ensure that there was food security both at household and national level.

Mr Katambo said the Patriotic Front government is on course in spearheading national security enhanced by the support given to farmers.

There have been reports of fall army worms ravaging maize fields in selected parts of the country.

13 COMMENTS

  1. This comedian looking nincompoop is talking about his govt providing 90,000L of Pesticides but he has no data as to where its going so those chemicals are just sitting in a Warehouse in Lusaka…in this day and age all field extension officers should have been armed with tablets to give you a live data feed….I mean back in KKs time I remember my Grandfather’s brother who was a Field Officer had a motorbike but today under these reckless thieves who are wasting $5 million here to give French Debt Advisors and £300K there to London PR …..inflated $17 million medical contracts to supply nothing but junk..no funds trickling down.

  2. A pity these are attacking innocent farmers who are just getting by. I would rather they attacked an evil greedy crooks farm instead like hh

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