Kaberamaido Farmers Plead for Army Worm Mass Spray

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Farmers in the Sub Counties of Aperkira, Ochero, Alwa, Kaberamaido, Bululu, Kobulubulu, Kalaki, Kakure, Apapai and Anyara have reported significant losses as the caterpillars march across gardens in large groups feasting on maize, sorghum and millet gardens.

Farmers in Kaberamaido district are calling for mass spray of pesticides to conquer the deadly fall army worm that has ravaged gardens across the district. Kaberamaido is among the 65 districts battling the deadly army-worm which was first confirmed in the country last year.

Farmers in the Sub Counties of Aperkira, Ochero, Alwa, Kaberamaido, Bululu, Kobulubulu, Kalaki, Kakure, Apapai and Anyara have reported significant losses as the caterpillars march across gardens in large groups feasting on maize, sorghum and millet gardens.

Recently government delivered about 70 liters of striker, one of the recommended pesticides to spray the deadly crop disease. But this wasn't enough to meet the increasing demand for the pesticide and wipe out the deadly worms.
As of now, about 23,100 liters of pesticides are required to spray all the affected acreage of crops in the area.
 
Jimmy Eringu, a farmer who lost up to three acres of maize crop says they are losing hope as more and more gardens are destroyed yet they are financially constrained to afford pesticide without government support. A liter of strike or rocket pesticides cost between 38,000 and 40,000 Shillings from local agri-input dealers.

Eringu is pleading for mass spray by government in order to address the challenge posed by the pests which according to scientists, cause crop losses of up to 73 percent and can become difficult to control with pesticide at an advanced larval development stage.

Kaberamaido Resident District Commissioner Jimmy Ebil urged affected farmers to be patient saying the government is procuring more pesticides to combat the disease.
 

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He says farmers should continue reporting any destruction in their areas to aid proper planning on the quantity of pesticides needed in the area.

Lt Gen Charles Angina, the Deputy Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation assured the affected farmers of government commitment saying already 4.5 billion Shillings has been earmarked to procure the required pesticides. 

The pest, which was first, detected in Kayunga, Kasese and Bukedea districts last year, have been confirmed in 65 districts, among them, Kibaale, Kamwenge, Masindi, Nwoya, Mayuge, Kyenjojo, Mukono, Kamuli, Luwero, Rakai and Buliisa.

The deadly worms were also confirmed in Kabarole, Kumi, Serere, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Luuka, Bugiri and Iganga, where grassy plants such as maize, millet, sorghum, rice, Napia grass and sugarcane have been wrecked, According to Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.