Fight against Fall Army Worm Kick Off

Fight against Fall Army Worm Kick Off

Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor H.E Daniel Chemno on Tuesday flagged off 2000 litres of assorted pesticides that will be distributed to all farmers across the County. H.E Chemno said the pesticides comes amid outcry by the public on the rise of the fall armyworm that has threatened to destroy the County’s pride ‘the food basket’. Flanked by CECM for Agriculture Mr. Samwel Yego, Chemno said it is a relief to maize farmers who had earlier opted to seek traditional avenues of killing the worm.
According to Teressiah Karanja who represented the Principal Secretary ministry of Agriculture State Department of Crop Production, the pesticides will be used by County officers in charge of agriculture department to teach farmers on how and when to apply the components in their crops. “Uasin Gishu County is among the key Counties that were chosen by the ministry in the fight of the worm since it is the Country’s food basket” said Ms. Karanja.
Research has proven that the pesticide subdues the worm.
The CECM for Agriculture disclosed that his department will kick off the distribution process immediately. “Once we receive the procured pesticide, we will go directly to Sub counties or the Wards depending with the criteria of distribution that will be preferred by farmers” said Mr.Yego. He further added that his docket will prioritize the areas that are believed to be mostly affected by the pests.

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