How to win the war against armyworm without pesticides

Janet Odiyo's maize farm that is buffered by napier grass. She has had bumper harvests from using the push-and-pull technology. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • After carefully studying the pest and testing the desmodium and Napier grass strategy, Icipe announced a breakthrough last November.
  • They collected data and samples, which they tested in the laboratory, and found that intercropping with desmodium and planting Napier grass along the farm border, keeps fall armyworms away from crops.

Two decades ago, farmers in the Lake Victoria Basin were at wits’ end.

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