By Alice Tupochele Mambosasa, Mana
About 57 per cent of farmers in Blantyre District have been affected by the Fall Army Worm in the current growing season.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday, Crop Protection Officer for the district, Sam Ngwira, said Lirangwe, Chipande, Lunzu, Ntonda and Kunthembwe are the areas that have been affected by the worm outbreak.
Ngwira has since urged the farmers to use traditional methods as means of managing the pest.
“Farmers are encouraged to use tradition methods like regular scouting of fields and planting crops with early rains,” Ngwira explained.
“Most of the farmers use pesticides which Ministry of Agriculture distributes. Some of the farmers have already been given the pesticides and we expect some more pesticides from the ministry.
“As Agricultural Development Division (ADD), we are encouraging farmers to use traditional methods which are cost effective and are affordable to most farmers,” Ngwira added.
In 2016/17 growing season, the Fall Army Worm outbreak was first reported in Blantyre and Machinga Agricultural Development Divisions. Blantyre District alone has 190 000 farming families.