The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance notes that failure to control the outbreak of armyworms poses a serious threat to food security at both national and household levels.
Acting president Inonge Wina on Friday last week announced that 18 districts countrywide have reported the presence of armyworms affecting 44,322 farmers covering 34,000 hectares of land.
CSO-SUN country coordinator Mathews Mhuru notes that as the government works towards containing the situation, the civil society scaling up nutrition alliance feels this is a reminder to both government and farmers to embrace crop diversification.
“Diversifying crop production will not only help cushion household food security which is under threat but will also help improve the nutrition status at both household and national level. There are many other crops which farmers can grow other than maize and these include among other: Sorghum, Beans, Millet, Cassava and Beans,” he said.
He commended stakeholders such as the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United States Agency for International Development who are providing financial and technical support towards control and management of the armyworms in the country.
“We also want to commend the African Development Bank for providing US$500, 000 for the procurement of chemicals used in combating the pests.