Fall Army Worms threaten food security

An agriculturalist has asked government to find a lasting solution to Fall Army worms, which have affected some districts of the country.

Tamani Nkhono Mvula told YFM online that, if government had addressed the situation in 2016, it could have assisted in containing the current situation.

“2016 should have been a lesson for the country because farmers lost up to 90% of their farm produce. Our expectation was that by now we should have had enough resources to end this crisis.”

“We have heard that government has set aside some resources to deal with the problem, so hopefully they are enough,” Mvula said.

Mvula also feared that the Fall Army worms pose as an imminent threat to Malawi’s food security.

As of December 8, 2017, the Fall Army worms had affected thousands of hectares and 133,083 farming families in the process.

On December 15, 2017, President Peter Mutharika declared a state of disaster in all districts affected by the Fall Army worms.

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