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.