Nigeria not threatened by armyworm outbreak - Ogbeh

Updated Wednesday 6 September 2017 14:44
Nigeria not threatened by armyworm outbreak - Ogbeh

Armyworm outbreak began in Oyo state and has spread very quickly to Ondo, Edo and other states two years ago.

Meanwhile the minister of Agric has said and in his words:b“Right now, there is hardly any state that is not affected by this pest.

“The problem with armyworm is that, it hides right deep in the stem that even if you spray ordinary spray crop, it won’t stop it.

“They come out at night, so, farmers have to be on alert at night or very early in the morning to spray the chemical, which is difficult and the spray is done vertically and not horizontally.’’

He explained that some of the chemical used were not very safe.

The country was looking for organic chemical, including lime which is good.

“Some professors have started developing how to manage this; then, we can deal with it in no time.

“That is why this seminar is very vital. We have to train the trainees, who will be going to states to teach farmers on how to spray their farms.

Ogbeh, however, advised Nigerians not to panic, but keep working to improve production, adding that the country was already getting support from experienced Organisations to mitigate the problem.

“This issue happened in Europe and they were able to curtail it. Our own climate encourages the development of all kind of pests because it is so warm here, but we shouldn’t be scared,” he said.

(NAN)

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