ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Farmers in northwestern Tanzania are in
fear that there will be low maize and sorghum harvest this year
following a fresh invasion of maize stalk borers, which have so
far destroyed more than 200 hectares of farms.
Local leaders said
Wednesday that the highly affected farmers are those located in
Busega District in Simiyu Region and Tarime district in Mara
Juma Chacha, Busega
District’s Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperative Officer,
confirmed the invasion into maize and sorghum farms, describing
the pests as the most dangerous for maize and sorghum.
“We have dispatched
experts to the affected areas where they have started educating
farmers on how to kill them,” the official said.
He said the pests
had caused a serious damage to the maize plants in Busega
district, where 111 hectares of farms have been completely
Dalai Kaloya, a
58-year-old farmer, claimed to have used all types of
insecticides but the pests still spread to all the farms in the
“Our fear is that if
nothing happened, these pests will completely destroy our crops
... putting us into serious hunger,” he said, imploring the
government to assist them with proper insecticides so that they
can kill the pests and replant the farms before the rains end.
chairman of Sanga village, said the government should take
immediate measures to control the worms since they pose hunger
threat to the people of Busega district.
Ngasamo Ward Councilor, said some farmers tried to fight stalk
borers by spraying traditionally made insecticides, hence the
need to educate and provide them with proper pesticides.