Jigawa moves to stop spread of army worm

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

The Jigawa state Government has taken measures to stop the spread and cushion the effects of Army worm infestation in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Barr. Ibrahim Hassan embarked on an assessment tour of farmlands affected by army worm which was noticed a week ago and is threatening to wipe out early planted rice, sorghum, guinea corn and maize farms across the state.

Barr. Hassan has ordered the mobilization and deployment of about 630 youths who were trained as pest control agents under the value chain program to spray the affected areas and create buffer zones to check further infestation.

The Deputy Governor has also involved the services of a pesticide company to provide about 1,000 cartons of contact pesticide at no cost to farmers for use by the pest control team.

The state assured farmers in the state that partially affected crops will recover and thrive after one or two rains.

Meanwhile, affected farmers in the state have expressed their gratitude to the government for the swift response saying the state government has helped avert a major catastrophe through their timely interventions.