In Summary
  • The maize farmers said they realised the armyworms are becoming resistant to pesticides.
  • They said they realised that the soil helps to suffocate the pests and they die almost immediately.
  • The deadly pests have been reported in parts of Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties.

Maize farmers in the North Rift region have improvised new techniques to fight the fall armyworms which have been destroying their crops.

The farmers are now using loam soil to tame and kill the worms.

A farmer from Kapatagat, Ainabkoi in Uasin Gishu County, said that they discovered the new method of using soil on their maize after realising that the armyworms are becoming resistant to pesticides.

They said they realised that the soil helps to suffocate the pests and they die almost immediately.

RESISTANCE

“I have been a cereal farmer for more than ten years and the fall armyworm is an issue that has really been worrying us as farmers. The worms have developed resistance to pesticides. Sometimes back, I improvised a new technique of using soil. I pour a lot of soil to every maize plant,” said Mr Tom Kibet.

Mr Kibet said that although the process of pouring soil on every plant can take very long and is tedious, the results were better.

“Pouring soil to every plant like in my case, in my three-hectare maize farm is tedious and takes a very long time but it is worth it. Because the fall army worm will die and cannot spread to the next plant,” added Mr Kibet.

He said that it is three years now since he started using the soil technique and unlike other maize farmers in the region, the fall armyworms menace does not stress him that much.

TRY NEW TECHNIQUE

He urged other cereal farmers to try out the new soil technique.

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