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RESEARCH TO FIGHT ARMY WORM ON CARDS

The Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on research to find cost effective measures of controlling Army Worms.

Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa says the project to upscale the control and sensitisation measures Army worms with a 274,000 U.S dollars financial support from Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Mr Shawa told journalists at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters in Lusaka that the Ministry has also applied for   36 Million Kwacha from the treasury to help fight Army Worms.

He also urged farmers to use part of the funds in E-voucher cards to procure recommended chemicals to spray the Army Worms.

Meanwhile, Research Entomologist at the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute Vincent Simwinga said the institute is conducting research on various control measures using indigenous knowledge.

Mr Simwinga said the Fall Army Worms have come to stay due to the favourable climatic conditions they have found in country.

He said chemical spraying against the Fall Army Worms should be the last resort where infestation levels are too high like is the case currently.

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