In Summary
  • Kisumu County Director for Agriculture Sylvester Oketch says the county does not have adequate chemicals to control the pest.
  • Farmers have been asked to identify the infected plants and alert agricultural officers.

Maize farmers in Kisumu and Busia counties are staring at huge loses following Fall armyworm invasion.

Already farmers in Muhoroni and their counterparts in Budalang'i say their farms have been invaded by the pest. Mr Charles Omondi, a Muhoroni-based farmer says the pest continues to destroy his maize farm despite applying pesticides.

LOST HOPE

“With the Fall armyworm infestation, I have lost hope. With the help of county agricultural officers, we have sprayed the maize fields but the pests are still destroying the crops,” Mr Omondi told Nation.co.ke.

Kisumu County Director for Agriculture Sylvester Oketch says that although farmers have been trained on how to handle the pest, the county does not have adequate chemicals to control the pest.

“Most of the farmers are using their own resources which is inadequate,” said Mr Oketch.

BUY CHEMICALS

He added: “We can hardly buy chemicals for even five per cent of the farmers. However, we advising them to use Profen [an insect juvenile hormone analogue that inhibits insect maturation processes] and Marshal chemicals to control the pest.”

Farmers have been asked to identify the infected plants and alert agricultural officers. Mr Oketch has advised farmers to plant early and use chemicals to control the pest.

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