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UPDF TO SPEARHEAD AFRICAN ARMY WORM FIGHT

By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: Government plans to deploy Uganda People’s Defense forces to work with ministry of agriculture in the fight against the African army worm that has ravaged 40 districts across the country.

The Prime Minister of Uganda Robina Nabanja reported to parliament government’s action plan for the fight against the pests.

Nabanja said the pests have been reported in 40 districts and in Bunyoro affected among others are Kiryandongo, Masindi and Kikuube.

She said government is currently procuring pesticides which will be distributed to farmers for spraying the pests.

Nabanja added that 100 UPDF soldiers who participated in the fight against locust invasion have been identified and will be deployed to support the fight against the African army worm.

However, Santa Alum the Oyam district MP asked government to support people who planted their crops early but were destroyed by the pests.

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The state minister for agriculture Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama said they will distribute spry pumps in Oyam district but added that government lacks a law to guide on compensation of losses incurred by farmers.

Rwamirama cautioned people to keep their animals away from sprayed gardens since the pesticides are harmful once consumed.

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