Kiruhura district are bothered by the outbreak of fall armyworms which have so far been sighted in four
Sub Counties. The migratory pests have spread to the areas of Kikatsi, Rweshande, Kayanja and Kanoni, where they have already destroyed several acres of pastures, maize gardens
and banana plantations.
Ruteitera, one of the affected farmers in Karuroko cell, Kikatsi
Sub County says that he has lost up to 100 acres of pasture on the farm
over the last four days when the pests were detected in the area.
The striped caterpillar is known to feed on more than 80 plant
maize, millet, sorghum, rice and wheat, as well as legumes, cotton and
pasture grass varieties that are used as cattle feed. Agaba says that although he had
been advised to spray the moths with insecticide, they multiplied faster
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another farmer in Rweshande Sub County says that he has lost over 150 acres of
pasture since Saturday when the worms were detected on his farm. He says the
animals cannot eat the pasture after the area has been devastated by the worms, and when they do, they become
weak and bleed.
“twataho obukooko buriyo…
…nijwa enyindo nicugura.”//
Gumisiriza, another farmer fears that their incomes and livelihood will be affected by the resurgence of the fall armyworm because their cattle cannot produce as much milk as they did before the outbreak.
“okwerarikirira okutwine namate…
Cue out…ahabwa enshonga egyo.”//
Kiruhura District Agricultural Officer Anthony
Tayebwa advised farmers to consider this an emergency and spray their farms with Cypermethrin, a synthetic chemical that interferes with the
insect's nerve cells and prevents the insect
from performing normal functions like feeding and grooming. However, he said, the farms must be abandoned for five to 10 days after spraying.
“the emergency method to…
Kiruhura District Chairperson Dan Mukago says the
worms will be hard to contain because people in the area have vast farmlands.
“but now as…
Cue out…that it rains.”//
The Ministry of
Agriculture has so far confirmed the outbreak in more than 40 districts, among them Luwero, Mukono, Wakiso, Bukedea, Katakwi, Bugweri, Serere,
Busia, Bugiri, Mityana, Kiryandongo and Namutumba.