Bungoma County in partnership with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) will role out control drive of the fall Armyworms that infest Maize plantations in Bungoma.
The three year long-standing partnership will see reduced crop yield loss, enhanced food security, increased production and eradication of poverty and hunger in betterment of Bungoma residents.
In a deliberative meeting with FAO delegation led by Director Plant Production and Protection, Mr Jingyan Xia at the County offices today, Bungoma Deputy Governor Janepher Mbatiany hailed the collaborative ties between FAO and Bungoma as timely and a great relief to farmers amid the planting season.
“Fall armyworm knows no boundaries and is continuing to wreck havoc on crops, inflicting more costs, causing serious damage to food production and affecting thousands of farmers .This partnership will offer farmers hope and solution as they plant their crops”, She observed.
Mbatiany expressed the County Government’s commitment in empowering farmers and ensuring sustainability, and link technical partners to deliver science-based control solutions directly to farmers in the field.
The County Government through Mabanga ATC has allocated 8 acres of land, which will be managed by the county Department of Agriculture in managing the demo plots.
CECM for Agriculture, Livestick and Fisheries Monicah Fedha was present at the meeting.