In Summary
  • The ministry wants the government to declare the armyworm invasion a national disaster.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated Sh300 million in the 2018/2019 financial year to fight the spread of pest.

The Agriculture ministry is seeking an additional Sh400 million to lead a successful war on the Fall Armyworm that has been causing havoc on maize farms nationwide.

Principle Secretary Richard Lesiyampe on Wednesday told the National Assembly's Agriculture committee that the government should also declare the armyworm a national disaster and release the consolidated fund to mitigate it.

The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated Sh300 million in the 2018/2019 financial year to fight the spread of pest.

"We have bought pesticides as the first defence to mitigate the armyworm. We are fully aware of its devastating effects and all government agencies have been involved to mitigate it," Dr Lesiyampe said.

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The MPs demanded to know what strategy the ministry is putting in place to tackle the issue.

The lawmakers also expressed concern that the armyworm, if not urgently dealt with, has the potential to derail the government's 'Big Four Agenda' of expanding food production, improving the manufacturing sector, putting up affordable houses, and ensuring universal healthcare.

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