The Fall Armyworm is here again! This time it has swept more than 17,000 acres of maize. A report recently released by the County Department of Agriculture indicates that the Fall Armyworm pest had destroyed 30 per cent of the Kenya’s projected harvest.
This has led Uasin Gishu County to set up an emergency phone number (0702426040) to help tackle this menace on the farms. Farmers are instructed to call this number and report any sightings.
We have received reports of fall armyworm invasion in Turbo, Ngenyilel, Kamagut and Tapsagoi. Farmers should report any sighting to agricultural officials through a hotline provided, said Uasin Gishu County Director for Agriculture Joseph Cheboi.
Kisumu has also confirmed that agricultural officers have been dispatched to farms to help fight off the pests. Other areas affected are; Nyakach sub-county (4,500 acres), Muhoroni (4,100 acres), Seme (3,700 acres) and Nyando (1,610 acres).
Source: Standard Media