The International Atomic Energy Agency is using nuclear science to develop environmentally-friendly alternatives for pest control.

The Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization are jointly sponsoring projects and conducting research on control of insect pests using ionizing radiations.

And Zambia National Farmers’ Union Spokesman Mr. Calvin KALEYI has welcomed the adoption of technologies saying it will effectively rid the agriculture sector of menacing pests that affect production.

In the previous farming season, an outbreak of fall armyworms affected around 140,000 hectares of the staple maize crop out of a total planted area of about 1.4 million hectares.

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