Embu County tests new method to stop fall army worm spread
SEE ALSO :State focuses on more pyrethrum farmingThe technique will be piloted for six weeks to test if it can complement other methods of fighting the pests, such as use of pesticides. If the trial is successful and approved, it will be replicated across the county and farmers will be trained on its application. According to Mr Mwita, small-scale farmers who cannot afford expensive pesticides for their maize crop will particularly find the method useful. County Director of Agriculture John Ndwiga said out of 20,700 hectares of maize in the county, about 5,500 of them have been attacked by the worms. Agriculture officials are holding farmers’ forums to educate and create awareness on better farming practices to eradicate the pest.
SEE ALSO :Sh16.5 million to boost farming in MeruEmbu Agriculture Executive member Ann Nyaga said her office would recommend the new technique only after the trials have been approved. “It is a trial that has not been approved for mass adoption as a control measure," she said.
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