The county government of Kitui has pledged to supply farmers with an upgraded pesticide in order to help them deal with the menace of army worms which have invaded their crops, threatening their harvest which was expected to be better due to the ongoing heavy rains in the county.
The county’s CEC in the ministry of Water, Agriculture and Irrigation Emmanuel Kisangau on Monday, launched the exercise at Maliku in Kitui central Sub-county which is targeting all farmers especially those engaging in green gram farming as the crop is expected to do better this season.
According to Mr Kisangau, the county government is planning to supply more than 200,000 farmers with 10 bottles of 400 mls each farmer at a cost of Ksh. 15 million. This will enable the farmers to effectively contain the army warm threat.
Speaking during the launch Michael Kilonzo, who is an agricultural officer working with the county government of Kitui said that the pest is likely to reduce yield of green grams if not controlled early enough.
Benjamin Musyoka, a farmer from Maliku thanked the county government for the support they are showing to farmers and for the pesticides.
He however called upon the county government to look for market for the green grams in order to ensure that farmers benefit maximally from their harvest this season.