Sh300m boost in war against fall armyworms


Fall armyworms were reported in the country for the first time last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) is set to receive Sh300 million to lead the war on fall armyworms, which was reported in the country for the first time last year with devastating impact on maize production.

The funds will be used to purchase chemicals and provide logistical support as the government strives to get rid of the worms.

This comes at a time when Agriculture chief administrative secretary Andrew Tuimur is leading a delegation of technical officers from the ministry at a meeting in Brazil that brings together all the countries that have been affected by the worms.

“We are in Brazil to learn how this country has been able to eradicate the insects within five years,” said Dr Tuimur on phone on Wednesday. 

“Brazilians are quite advanced in control of fall armyworm,” he added. 

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It is estimated that farmers lost six million bags of maize to the insects last year alone, dealing the government a big blow in fight against anger.

The State said the insects ravaged over 200,000 acres of maize in about eight counties in across the country.