23 January 2013

Zambia: 37 Lundazi Farms Sprayed for Army Worms

ABOUT 115 hectares of fields in Lundazi District which were infested by army worms have been sprayed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Lundazi District Commissioner Janet Mvula said officials from the ministry sprayed more than 37 crop fields to control the dangerous pests.

Ms Mvula said the spraying exercise which had attracted participants from communities had also been extended to all fields which were likely to be attacked by the ravaging army worms. Some eggs had been found hatched in neighbouring fields.

She cautioned farmers in Kapichila and Mwase areas whose fields had been sprayed not to pick any vegetables from there because the chemicals used were dangerous to human beings.

"My office has written to the business community to help in contributing milk for people involved in the sprayin to neutralise the chemicals after spraying," Ms Mvula said.

She said the battle to eliminate the destructive pests needed concerted efforts from all stakeholders.

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