ZAMBIAN VEEP CALLS ARMY WORM INVASION A CRIS

Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina has described the destruction of maize fields by army worms in parts of the country as a national crisis requiring concerted efforts by all stakeholders to overcome.

Efforts should be intensified in eradicating the army worms which pose a big threat to the country’s food security and are likely to cause serious destruction to maize crops if not contained, she says, while calling for a strong alliance among various government units to help contain the invasion.

The current situation needed the involvement of all stakeholders such as the traditional leaders, civil society leaders and Members of Parliament, Vice-President said here Tuesday when she visited the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit offices.

Wina commended the strides being made by the Ministry of Agriculture and the DMMU to contain the army worms.

During a briefing for the vice-president, DMMU National Co-ordinator Patrick Kangwa disclosed that so far over 15,000 litres of pesticides had been dispatched to all provinces in the country to cope with the army worm invasion.

About 28,000 litres of pesticides had been procured and would be dispatched to affected areas soon.

He noted that 63,975 farmers in the country had been affected by the destructive worms. Some 89,000 hectares of maize had been affected with Central Province being the worst hit, followed by Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK