There was an invasion of army worm in Jigawa State, Nigeria, vulnerable farmers were attacked and crops destroyed by the massive invasion of army worm.
The government of Jigawa state has declared emergency war and immediate reprisal attacked against army worm the invaders.
The Jigawa State Government has therefore gave a final directed that the State’s Ministry of Agriculture, the foot soldiers to deploy 630 youths combatants trained on pest control to all the nooks and crannies of each local government areas of the state affected by army worm invasion.
The Jigawa State Government, under the leadership of the State Acting Governor, Ibrahim Hassan, gave the directives on Saturday 17 June 2017 during an assessment tour of affected farmlands by the army worm.
State Acting Governor, Ibrahim Hassan through his Director Press, Alhaji Ahmad Haruna, disclosed that the army worm menace is threatening to wipe out early planted rice, sorghum, guinea corn and maize across the state and render farmers in the dilapidated.
“The Agric ministry should mobilize and deploy the 630 youths who were trained as pest control agents under the value chain programme to spray the affected areas and create buffer zones to check further infestation.
“JASCO should immediately release enough cartons of contact pesticides at no cost to farmers for use by the pest control team.”
It was further order by the Jigawa State Government, Acting Governor Ibrahim Hassan that the State’s Agricultural Supply Company (JASCO) to release all the needed ammunition that is the chemicals and pesticides to wage war, eradicate and kick against army worm invasion from the state without further delay to tackle the army worm invasion menace.