Crop Diversification Vital for Countering Fall Army Worms

Balaka — District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Balaka, Denis Zingen, has urged farmers in the district to practice crop diversification as well as inter cropping if they are to escape the devastating effects brought about by fall army worms.

The DADO’s remarks come amid fears from farmers in the district of a possible fall army worm outbreak similar to that which occurred in the 2016-2017 growing season.

The outbreak saw a lot of maize crop being destroyed by the fall army worms.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Monday, Zingen said it was certain that farmers may experience the fall army worm again and he urged farmers to engage in crop diversification so that if they lose their maize crop to fall army worms, they should be able to harvest other [types of] crops in their fields. (Like soyabeans, groundnuts, beans and cowpeas Edit.)

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