by Staff Writers
Lusaka (AFP) Dec 29, 2016
Zambia has ordered the national air force into action to fight a plague of pests that has invaded maize crops and threatened vital food supplies.
The air force is transporting pesticides across the country so that fields can be sprayed in an attempt to combat infestations of "army worms", a type of larvae moth that can decimate crops.
"The Zambia Air Force has since begun to airlift chemicals," President Edward Lungu's spokesman said in statement.
"The president has directed that the chemicals that were purchased under emergency operations should be distributed to all parts of the country."
Agriculture ministry permanent secretary Julius Shawa told reporters that army worms had damaged crops in four of the country's ten provinces -- Copperbelt, Luapula, Central and Lusaka.
"It is not the entire province. It's only some districts in the four provinces," said Shawa.
Lungu's spokesman said the president was concerned that harvest volumes would be badly damaged "if the outbreak of the worms is not controlled speedily."
No details were available on the number of aircraft involved in the operation.
Maize -- or corn -- is a stable crop across much of Africa, used to make dishes such as pap.
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|