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Army worms attack crops in Tharaka Nithi

Philip Meso

The Fall Armyworm invasion was first reported in the Western region of the country and later spread to Rift-Valley. [Photo/dhahabu.co.ke]

Farmers in Tharaka Nithi are county losses after armyworms attacked their crops.

The fact that the worms are resistant to pesticides has done little to salvage the situation.

The county government of Tharaka Nithi is, however, working to put in place various measures including provision of stronger pesticides to farmers to help control the spread of the worm as well as dispatch of agricultural officers to provide technical assistance to farmers.

The International Center for Insect Physiology And Ecology has advised farmers to intercrop cereals with other crops such as legumes which drive away or deters stem-borers such as the Fall Armyworm from the target food crop.

The technology dabbed Push–Pull also recommends that farmers plant crops such as Napier grass around their farms to attract and trap the pest.

The Fall Armyworm invasion was first reported in the Western region of the country and later spread to Rift-Valley.

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