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Agriculture Ministry receives Sh50m to fight fall armyworms

Agriculture Secretary Willy Bett. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Agriculture Secretary Willy Bett. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Kenya has received Sh50 million from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to help in the fight against fall armyworms. 

The funds will be used in purchasing of traps to destroy breeding grounds of the deadly insects.

FAO says this is part of the effort to ensure the menace is controlled and save farmers from losses.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Better says the government will put in place a Sh2.3 billion strategy next year to fight the worms that subjected farmers to losses this season.

"It is estimated that about six to million bags of maize have been lost in the ongoing harvest as a result of the worm attacks and these funds will go a long way in taming the threat in future," said Mr Bett.

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