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Cultivated Land

By Victor Ernest with Agency Report.

The Kaduna State Ministry of  Agriculture and Forestry has announced the containment of ‘Stem-borer worm’ scourge destroying stems and leaves of irrigated maize in the state.

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Malam Dahiru Abdullahi, the Information Officer of the state Ministry, disclosed this on Saturday.

Abdullahi, who confirmed that the disease outbreak had affected many irrigated maize farms, however, said it had been contained by Extension Services Staff and the farmers themselves.

He said most farmers had been trained on measures to control the disease during an outbreak in the 2016 dry season farming in the state.

According to him, this year’s outbreak was easily curtailed as a result of intensive training on the application of pesticides against the disease when it was reported during dry season farming in 2016.

He also stated that, “When the Kaduna Agriculture Development Programme (KADP) team in Maigana Zone (Northern Kaduna) visited some affected farms the extension officers discovered that most of the farmers controlled the disease affecting the crop by themselves.”

Media reports say the outbreak of the Stem-borer worms has affected maize irrigated farms in many states including Kaduna at the beginning of the 2017 dry season farming.