Maize farmers in Kisumu have been advised to implement integrated pest management approach to control the fall armyworm.

CREDIT: REUTERS/Jean Mandela

The approach aims at suppressing the pest population below the economic injury levels. The fall armyworm poses a serious threat to food security and livelihoods to farmers.

Kisumu County Director for Agriculture Silvester Oketch said the approach controls the population of the adult moths that lay eggs hatch into destructive worms.

“By reducing the population you would have less armyworms to control with the chemicals available in the agrovets,” said Mr Oketch.

“Fall armyworms are new in Kenya, in other countries, they have been controlled using pheromones traps which target the adult moths or butterflies which lay eggs,” he explained, adding traps have chemicals that attract and kills male moths.

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