Pests worsening hunger in Zambia

PestsFrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – A WIDESPREAD outbreak of stalk borers and the fall army worm has destroyed thousands of hectares of the staple maize crop and left Zambia facing food insecurity.
The pests have devoured some 130 000 hectares, which represents about 10 percent of the average planted area to maize annually.
The worst hit areas include parts of Central, Copperbelt, Southern, Eastern, Luapula and Lusaka Provinces.
Disaster management and mitigation agencies have provided farmers with pesticides to help bring the situation under control and an alert has been issued to the public but the outbreak of pests is still raging.
Government efforts through the ministry of agriculture to provide have battled to halt the outbreak.
It is feared the armyworm and stalk borer outbreak will compromise the 2016/17 maize production.
The outbreak comes as the lean season continues and the peak period begins.
Most parts of the country continue to face acute food insecurity.
Maize prices remain high as the peak of the lean season commences and demand for staple food from the market rises.

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