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AFRICAN ARMY WORM INVADES MASINDI VILLAGES

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: Over 30 villages in Masindi district have been invaded by the African Army Worm.

The most affected areas are Nyangahya Division in Masindi Municipality and Kiruli Sub County in Buruli County Masindi district.

This was revealed Tuesday evening by Edward Baguma the LC3 Chairperson Kiruli sub county and Chrispus Walya Severin the Agricultural Officer in charge of Nyangahya and Kigulya Divisions.

According to Baguma and Walya, they started registering the cases from farmers in mid-March this year.

Edward Baguma the LC3 Chairperson Kiruli sub county explains that over 100 acres of plantation have been invaded and the most affected villages are in central Kiruli.

He is worried of famine outbreak in near future since most people in his sub county depend on agriculture. The politician is asking government to intervene, and help the farmers with chemicals since most of them can’t afford buying them.

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Chrispus Walya Severin the agricultural officer in charge of Nyangahya and Kigulya divisions asserts that the cases are increasing on a daily basis and the most affected cells are of Biizi, Kakwese, Binyinya and others.

Walya, who didn’t disclose the size of the plantation invaded by the African Armyworm, told ugreports that the matter has been reported to the district and the ministry of Agriculture.

”We hope to get support from the government, and for the meantime we are going to train farmers on how to deal with the invasion of such pests,” he noted.

Fred Ssebuguzi the Production Officer Masindi district has confirmed the invasion and explains that the issue was reported to the ministry of Agriculture and they are yet to receive the chemicals.

Ssebuguzi notes that they will consider farmers who can’t afford to purchase the chemicals and ask those who can afford to purchase and spray the insects.

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