2017/18 season blurred – ZNFU

FARMERS in a maize field.

THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says the 2017/18 agriculture season looks blurred as the country may not achieve a bumper harvest due to armyworms and poor rainfall.

ZNFU media and public relations manager Calvin Kaleyi said the agriculture sector this year is faced with a lot of challenges such as late input delivery, erratic rainfall and armyworms.

In an interview, Mr Kaleyi said armyworms thrive well in the tropical environment and the adult moth has potential to lay eggs on host plants in clusters of 100 to 350.
The areas under attack from the armyworms include Mambwe, Chipata, Sinda, Luangwa, Petauke and Chavuma.
“This year is not looking good for Zambia’s agriculture sector. We received the…

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