Kenya’s maize harvest is expected fall by a drastic 25 per cent this year, Agriculture CS Willy Bett said yesterday.
Heavy rains in Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing areas are slowing the harvesting and sales of beans and farmers say they’re worried about black-pod disease rotting their crops.
The ongoing drought in the Horn and southern African countries and armyworms invasion, pose a major food security threat to the continent, official said.
A new satellite forecast tool could more than double the warning time for desert locust invasions, allowing vulnerable nations to prepare better against the crop-eating grasshoppers, the United Nat
Christine Ndigwa, who has been growing maize for 20 years, shows how fall armyworms have attacked her crop.
The Fall Armyworm (FAW) detected in the country last year has so far infected a total of 18,000 hectares (ha) of farmlands, causing the country loses to the tune of $64 million.
A section of farmers in Nakuru have resorted to traditional methods of dealing with army worms, a deadly pest that has invaded large swathes of land, causing devastation to farmers.
Farmers in Marakwet are in panic after the Fall armyworm invaded at least 200 acres in Kerio Valley.
Army worms have destroyed about 1,380 hectares of maize farms in the Sunyani Municipality
Army worms have destroyed about 1,380 hectares of maize farms in the Sunyani Municipality.
Maize farmers in Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties are frustrated as the fall armyworms continue to ravage their crops, raising fears of a poor harvest at the end of the season.
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