Ugandan maize farmers cry foul after suffering losses due to armyworms

Several farmers have had to incur the costs of transporting water for irrigation and spraying against the deadly worms.

FILE: An armyworm caterpillar eating kernels of maize. Picture: Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International.

JOHANNESBURG - Maize farmers in Uganda are crying foul after suffering major losses as a result of the fall armyworm which have invaded several maize plantations as well as the prolonged dry spell.

Several farmers have cleared their maize gardens in Rwimi District, while others have had to incur the costs of transporting water for irrigation and spraying against the deadly worms.

Earlier this year farmers in Limpopo, the North West and Free State had complained of the armyworm ravaging their crops.