The ministry of agriculture has issued a public notice to farmers and general public about the fall armyworm outbreak that has hit the Zambezi Region. The ministry also cautioned against the threat of African armyworms in Oshana, Oshikoto and Omusati regions.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said the fall armyworm outbreak was reported over two weeks ago in areas such as Sibbinda, Kongola, Ngoma, Bukalo, Itomba, Nsundwa, Kasheshe and Musanga in Zambezi.
“Several hectares of farmland are adversely affected by the worms. The crops in these areas are at different growth stages – from germination, vegetative to flowering stages, which is highly susceptible to fall armyworms and African armyworms,” said agriculture ministry spokesperson Margaret Kalo.