In Summary
  • The farmers said the invasion was a sign famine would get worse.

  • Farmers said they spotted the pests two weeks ago and reported to the county department of agriculture for intervention.

Armyworms have invaded maize farms in Kirinyaga County causing fears among farmers that the destructive crop-eating caterpillars may hurt their earnings.

The voracious pests have been spotted at Riandira, Kiarukungu, Murinduko, Ngucui, Kanjinji and Kiumbu in the expansive Mwea sub-county where maize is grown in large-scale.

"Unless something urgent is done we shall not harvest anything this season," said Mr Jacob Maina whose four-acre farm of maize has been invaded.

"I have sprayed various farm chemicals but the pests are not dying. And since agriculture is devolved, the county government should come to our rescue.”

FAMINE FEARS

The farmers said the invasion was a sign famine would get worse.

"Last season we did not harvest anything because of the dry harsh weather and we fear even this season we may suffer because of these pests, which are eating up our crop," said Mercy Wairimu, a farmer.

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