Army Worms Destroy Zambian Farms and Threaten Food Stocks

The army worms have destroyed 80 per cent of crops in three farm blocs in Nyimba District.

 

In Zambia, Christmas did not come with the usual fanfare because of a deadly Army worm invasion which has practically razed farmers’ crops to bare grounds.  The insect armies travel in large numbers and eat heavily during the night and hide in the soil during the day.

  To most worried farmers, the army worm invasion has already spelt doom in the populations that depend solely on farming for livelihood. The invaders eat any greenery  they come across and cannot be handled manually by the farmers. Already, some spraying has began and we only hope that situations will be eventually arrested but there is no hope for the damage already done as most farmers will have to start replanting the fields eaten up by the army worms afresh.

The  Zambia National Farmers Union  has urged the Government to invest more in research, pest surveillance and extension services in order to detect army worms and other outbreaks that could compromise the country’s food security.

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11 Responses to “Army Worms Destroy Zambian Farms and Threaten Food Stocks”
  1. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hope they stop these worms in their tracks soon.


  2. septana Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    very good article, and provide benefits to us all


  3. Tiki33 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    They must be on top of that They can wreck havoc on the crops.


  4. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I hope they vfthat they get rid of these worms as possible. I will be sending them good thoughts! by the way, merry CHristmas GAby


  5. Stanley Soman Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Why are they called “army worms”? were they the creation of military experiments? Also do you happen to live in Zambia? I wanted to ask some questions about Zambia


  6. Moses Ingram Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Very good article.


  7. Eunike Says...

    On December 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Gosh…


  8. Rezaul Karim2 Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Nice informative article.


  9. LCM Linda Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Sad news. Hope something can be done to help the farmers fight against the army worms.


  10. afaceristonline Says...

    On December 26, 2012 at 5:26 am

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  11. caesar27 Says...

    On January 1, 2013 at 5:22 am

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