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Farmers count losses as fall armyworms chew up 4m bags of maize

Agriculture secretary Willy Bett. FILE photo | nmg
Agriculture secretary Willy Bett. FILE photo | nmg 

The fall armyworms has cut maize production by four million bags, hurting farmers earnings and raising likelihood of flour crisis next year.

Agriculture secretary Willy Bett said the fall armyworm has deeply eaten into production and the state expects post-harvest losses to rise to about 20 per cent of the forecast harvest, equivalent to 7.4 million bags.

The reduction in production will see farmers lose up to Sh36 billion from post-harvest losses and insect attack, setting the stage for expensive flour next year.

It would also force Kenya to seek maize from abroad with experts warning that harvests are unlikely to last beyond May.

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