Minority storms farms to assess armyworm havoc
The Minority in Parliament has decided to embark on a field assessment of the havoc caused by fall armyworms.
This follows what they describe as unsatisfactory answers provided by the Ministry of Agriculture to questions on the threat that fall armyworms are posing to farms across the country.
Currently, an estimated 20,000 hectares of farm fields have been invaded by the armyworms from the previous 14,000 hectares. Farmers have made huge losses as a result of the invasion.
The pests continue to attack farm fields in various parts of the country despite repeated assurances by government that the situation is under control, thereby giving rise to fears of food insecurity by the end of the year.
Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Sugri Bambangri, answering questions in parliament allayed fears of farmers and the public of a possible food shortage due to the situation.
He told Class News plans are far advanced to control the situation.
However, the Minority MPs unsatisfied with the answer, hence their decision to embark on a field assessment.