Nakonde farmers bemoan outbreak of fall army worms

Farmers who have been affected by fall army worms in Nakonde District in Muchinga Province have appealed to relevant authorities to come to their aid.

Aaron Simukoko, a farmer of Kazembe Agricultural Camp, says seven out of ten hectares of his maize field has been attacked by the army worms.

Mr. Simpamba who was speaking in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Nakonde today says he urgently needs assistance to get rid of the pests.

“I am humbly asking from the government to consider helping us in whatever way they can so that we can get rid of these worms that have been destroying our crops,” He says.

He points out that most farmers cannot manage to procure the pesticide on their own due to their vulnerability.

And Agness Nambule of Shem Agricultural Camp states that if the situation is not controlled in good time, the district risks having a poor harvest at the end of the farming season.

Meanwhile Nakonde Senior Agricultural Officer, Francisca Kasonde says the Department of Agriculture is currently in the process of acquiring pesticides to be distributed among the affected farmers.

Ms. Kasonde further disclosed that ten out of eleven agricultural camps in the district have been infested by the army worms.

She however advised farmers that are able to procure on their own to consider doing so while waiting for government to intervene.

“For the past years, as a department we have been receiving chemicals from the government. As for this year we have not yet received, we are still waiting for the government to give us feedback but meanwhile farmers are buying,” She said.