By Charles Katabalwa
Uganda people’s congress (UPC) has asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to come out and educate famers on how to control the dangerous fall Armyworm which has devastated hectares of Maize and now bananas, beans and some fruits threatening food security in the country.
The party Spokesperson Michael Osinde says they are worried that government has done little to equip farmers with knowledge of fighting these pests as well as failing to control prices and the quality of pesticide that is effective to the worms.
Recently, the agricultural Ministry announced Rocket and Striker that currently cost between 35,000 to 40,000 as the effective pesticide, a price he says is high for an ordinarily farmer.
Over 60 districts in Uganda are now affected by the worm which has even crossed to the neighbouring countries like Kenya and Rwanda countries.
Osinde also advises government to consider increasing on the security budget to ensure that people are safely protected against the wave of murders that have not been effectively explained by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who attributes it to lack of modern technology needed in investigations.