The Fall Army Worm continued to be a threat to maize production in the district. However, its impact on agriculture production this year as compared to last year is minimal. The education on FAW has reduce the impact, lots of farmers have knowledge on how to control them. You would realise that Hectares of land being affected increased in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters. Rainfall was also a factor in the increase in infestations. Delayed rains gave the pests, ample time to destroy the maize plants. Chemicals to be distributed according to demands increased as the Quarters went by. FAW sensitization throughout 2022 were carried out across to some communities in the District to create awareness and a way to ensure maximum control. 2022 saw less infestation than 2021 due to effective sensitization/FAW awareness.

 

Table 2. 2: Fall Army worm situation

District (KEDA)/

QUARTERS

Total farmland affected (Ha) Total Area Sprayed (Ha) Total Area Recovered (Ha) Total Area Destroyed

(Ha)

Number of farmers affected [1] Number of farmers affected
2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022
M F M F
1ST QUARTER 3.8 7.9 3.8 7.9 3.0 7.5 0.8 0.4 1 0 14 2
2ND QUARTER 118.5 33.01 118.5 33.01 112.6 33.0 5.9 0.01 93 44 34 11
3RD QUARTER 145.37 27.11 145.37 27.11 143.40 26.9 1.97 0.21 53 23 35 1
4TH QUARTER 143.82 35 140.32 34.43 136.54 33.0 3.78 0.43 82 17 9 1
TOTAL 411.49 103.02

 

407.99 102.45

 

395.54 100.4

 

12.45 1.05

 

230 84 92 15

Source: DAD, 2022

There were minimal reported cases of FAW in 2022 as compared to last year and chemicals were readily available. Most farmers reporting were both small and large scale farmers. This time around, farmers from very remote areas, including FBOs were served to satisfaction. There are available and enough stock of insecticides for farmers as well. 1% of farms were destroyed by the FAW infestations.

 

 

 

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