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On the sidelines of sixteenth agriculture fair in Blantyre on Wednesday Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said government is considering views that will lead to the restructuring of the farm input subsidy, to include chemicals that kill the fall armyworms.

“We have been getting diverse views on how we can restructure the whole Farm Input Subsidy program. This includes suggestions that ant fall armyworms chemicals should be included in the program. Government will soon seat and decide the best way of dealing with the problem,” said Nankhumwa.

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The Agriculture minister said efforts to fight and control the perilous plant pest have been enhanced through research.

He noted that the destructive pest had a diverse range of alternative host plants that enabled its populations to persist and spread.

“We have set up a dedicated department to look into this pest. Government is also using already existing structures like research stations to come up with technologies that will help in dealing with the fall armyworms at local and international stage,” said the minister.

The farm input subsidy program is a Malawi government initiative that targets small holder subsistence farmers with inputs at a subsidized price.

Malawi is among southern Africa countries straggling to in the fight against fall armyworms that among others has reduced yields of the country’s staple crop, Maize. Enditem

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