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Caterpillars Invade Potato Gardens in Luweero

Caterpillars have invaded sweet potato gardens in Luweero district creating fears of food insecurity among the farmers. James Abbo, a farmer at Kyabugga village in Bamunanika Sub County is among those affected. He has since has uprooted three acres of his sweet potato gardens after the caterpillars proved resistant to insecticides.
Caterpillars invaded sweet potato gardens in Luweero.

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Caterpillars have invaded sweet potato gardens in Luweero district creating fears of food insecurity among the farmers.

Luweero district agricultural officers say the caterpillars belong to Lepidoptera class and are hosted by sweet potatoes. The caterpillars have a capacity to change and match its environment with in short time. However they have been seen majorly in green, yellow and brown colours.

The caterpillars have destroyed at least ten gardens located in Zirobwe and Bamunanika sub counties in Luweero district.

Wilberforce Ssemigga, the agricultural extension officer for Zirobwe Sub County explains that the caterpillars eat the leaves of sweet potatoes making the tubers to rot.

He adds that the caterpillars have a capacity to destroy a garden in few days.

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James Abbo, a farmer at Kyabugga village in Bamunanika Sub County is among those affected. He has since has uprooted three acres of his sweet potato gardens after the caterpillars proved resistant to insecticides.

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Madinah Namutebi, another farmer in Kyetume village in Zirobwe sub county explains that she has also abandoned her garden because she naturally fears the caterpillars. Namutebi says that they have also tried to use insecticide spraying but in vain.

Farmers have asked Luweero district Agriculture Department and the Ministry of Agriculture to come to their rescue.

Sarah Namubiru, the Luweero District Production Officer, says that samples of caterpillars have been picked from selected farmers and they will be sent to Ministry of Agriculture for investigations on how to contain them.

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Recently tomato farmers also reported an outbreak of armyworm. The small worm, Tuta absolutaalso known as "South American tomato pin-worm" is said to be ravaging the tomato crop in central parts of the country.

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