Red Locusts invade 801 hectares of maize in Central Province

Red Locusts invade 801 hectares of maize in Central Province

red-locustOver 801 hectares of maize fields in Central Province has been invaded by Red Locusts just as farmers are ‘recovering’ from army worms and Stock Borer attacks.
The more devastating Red Locusts have so far attacked maize fields in Mumbwa and Itezhi-Tezhi districts.
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga briefed Vice President Inonge Wina on Wednesday morning in Kabwe on the extent of damage by the Red Locusts.
The International Red Locust Control Board for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCBSA) had warned the Zambian government last month that the Red Locusts were breeding in the Kafue Gorge area.
Government however appears to have been waiting for the Red Locusts to attack before they could start aerial spraying.
And Wina has accused agro dealers of delaying the delivery of agriculture inputs claiming that the dealers delayed in activating the Electronic Vouchers.
But just yesterday (Tuesday) Finance Minister Felix Mutati disclosed that his Ministry has released K200 million of the K400 million balance needed to activate the E-vouchers.
Most farmers across the country are yet to access their inputs and some of the fertiliser being awaited is still in Beira in Mozambique and transporters are saying they expect to finish transporting the fertilizer in the next 10 days. This means some farmers are likely to receive the fertilizer in the last week of February.

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