10,000 liters of army worm pesticide expected this week

By Paul Tajuba

About 10,000 liters of pesticides to fight the fall army worm are expected in the country this week.

The State Minister for Agriculture Hon. Christopher Kibazanga says the pesticides will be distributed across the country to fight the crop-eating caterpillar that has destroyed crops like maize, bananas, sugar cane and vegetables.

He says without controlling the caterpillar, the country risks having a more poverty stricken and hungry population since over 80 per cent of Ugandans depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Hon.Kibanzaga says farmers should however adhere to proper pesticide use.

He says 20-50mls of the pesticides should be mixed in 15 – 20 litres of water before spraying.

He adds that spraying should be done between 7:00-8:00am and 5:00-7:00pm when the caterpillar is active and should be done twice a week.