It never rains but pours, when the country is reeling from hunger and rain scarcity, armyworms have attacked 34 hectares of land in nine villages in Zomba, District Agricultural Development Officer Peterson Kandoje has confirmed.
Kandoje has said that his office is however meeting a challenge because traditional leaders want to control the army worms using traditional means.
“We are meeting a challenge as farmers are not using the chemicals we are giving them as their chiefs are using Namulondola to control the army worms but it’s not working.
“Kandoje added that farmers are desperate but they are scared to use the chemicals because their chiefs are using Namulondola,” said the Zomba District Agricultural Officer.
Recently, Phalombe District was also affected by army worms with 60 hectares of land under threat.
In Zomba, the worst hit is Mpokwe Extension Planning Area (EPA) which borders with Phalombe district.
Six years ago nine districts were affected attacking 5,000 hectares.