CS hosts Fall Army worm Consultative meeting

From left Crops PS Richard Lesiyampe, Agricultural Research PS Prof. Hamadi Boga, and CSs Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Amb. Rachell Omamo (Defence)

Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri hosted a one-day successful stakeholder consultative meeting at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Headquarters in Nairobi on May 23, 2018 which brought together various experts and actors in the agricultural sector to discuss the destructive pest which has invaded more than half the 47 counties.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Rachelle Omamo, Council of Governor’s chairman of Agriculture and Migori Governor Okoth Obando, Crops PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Agriculture Research PS Prof. Hamadi Boga joined the scientists in the meeting which was unanimous that all available resources, expertise and skills should not be spared in the fight against the pest.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kinjuri appealed to all the stakeholders from the Multi-Institutional Committee on Armyworm to work as a team to fight the migratory pest.

The Committee comprises of: University of Nairobi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Centre for Agriculture Bio-Science International (CABI) Pest Products Control Board (PPCB), Agro-Chemical Association of Kenya (ACK), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) AND THE Ministry of Agriculture.