The Ministry of Agriculture in Northern Province has received 9,000 litres of chemicals to fight fall army worms that are attacking maize fields in the region.
Speaking when he flagged off the distribution of the chemicals, Acting Northern Province Permanent Secretary Sineva Kamenja said 1,479 hectares of maize fields has been affected by fall army worms in the province.
Mr. Kambenja disclosed that 141 agricultural camps in the province have been affected by the pests out of the total of 236 agricultural camps.
He also appealed to farmers to report any suspected fall army worms outbreak to agriculture extension officers to help control the pests.
Meanwhile Provincial Agriculture Coordinator Elizabeth Chuma thanked government for the quick response in sending chemicals to help affected farmers in the province.
Mrs Chuma disclosed that apart from the chemicals, the province has also been given 150 work suits, 150 gum boots and 50 sprayers.
The PACO has since requested farmers to work closely with Agriculture Extension officers to ensure that they use the correct measurements of chemicals on the crops.