Army worms leave farmers hopeless in Kwale

Infested plants in Kwale county /LAWRENCE SITA

Kwale,KENYA:Farmers in Kwale County are facing loses after deadly army worms invaded their farms destroying their crops.

Mary Mutinda one of the farmers who spoke to Baraka FM said it is a double loss for her  as they acquired the seeds with difficulties.

She said she had  tried to spray pesticides on her 3 acre farm and nothing positive was forthcoming.

“I cannot even give the plants to my cows because I don’t know how it will affect them” she said.

The farmers are now calling for help from the County and National governments departments of agriculture.

Jacob Muema says the worms invaded the farms immediately after the heavy rains.

He said they have no hopes of a  good harvest since when sprayed with pesticides the worms subsided for few days and they came again.

Mathis Matua said that if the government does not intervene the entire county would face hunger since the worms are attacking almost all plants.

“The government should ensure that there are measures to mitigate the effects of the worms because they have invaded the entire County” he said.