Farmers have been warned that the fall armyworm which was a menace to crops in the just ended agricultural year will still pose a challenge in the 2017-2018 agricultural season if not adequately contained.
Ignore the fall armyworm at your own risk, is the warning the Agricultural Extension Services (Agritex) has given to farmers in the Midlands part of Mberengwa south.
Agritex says the pest will come back with more fury if preventive measures are not taken to contain it.
The farmers who received this warning are part of 55 families in the area’s Vurasha Irrigation Scheme.
While showcasing their thriving maize crop which has seen them benefit from a command agriculture scheme, local member of parliament, Cde Iris Chiratidzo Mabuwa acknowledged the command farming initiative for making a mark in Mberengwa south’s second largest irrigation scheme.
Covering over 27 hectares, the irrigation scheme which received command agriculture inputs is poised to score a huge maize harvest.
The farmers who have also received wheat inputs under the same scheme are already planting the crop which has now germinated.
Traditionally a very dry area, Mberengwa has perennially relied on food aid.
However the good rains received this year have re-written the story of local food fortunes with the area not only poised for a good harvest but also set to contribute to the national food basket.