Food supply is expected to be higher than the same time last year. Although staple food prices are expected to remain slightly above average, they will remain within levels that allow for near-normal food access.
Sam Kigula, the Nakasongola LC V Chairman, says when districts are attacked by the pests, the Central government takes long to intervene, which leaves the farmers crying foul. He says although the fund may not be sufficient, it is a positive step to reduce loses.
A source at Ministry told Uganda Radio Network that National Agriculture Research Organisation NARO has successfully tested the pesticides on gardens in Kakiri, Wakiso district, and found that they could control the fall army worms by about 70 if properly applied.
The small warm, Tuta absoluta also known as South American tomato pinworm is said to be ravaging the tomato crop in central parts of the country. It is also causing yield loss to Irish potatoes in the Kigezi region though it has not caused alarm like the maize ravaging fall armyworm.