Cursed: New pests invade Zambian maize fields

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Another species of pests has attacked maize fields in Kafue district of Lusaka Province.

Kafue District Commissioner (DC) Mrs Grace Ngulube has disclosed that a new type of pests, different from army worms, is on rampage of destroying maize in Mpande area in Chipapa agricultural camp.

Mrs Ngulube, who was accompanied by District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO), Wilson Chilembo and Senior Agriculture Officer (SAO), Kapwepwe Nthele, visited the fields which have been attacked by the new pests which look like caterpillars but hairy and brownish.

Mrs Ngulube said the new type of pests was non-selective and more destructive as they eat both maize and vegetables, such as pumpkin and sweet potato leaves.

She, however, said the camp officers have started spraying the affected fields today to avoid the pests spreading to other areas since the pests have only been reported in one area.

Mrs Ngulube said the pests will easily be defeated because the agricultural officers have moved in the area quickly to start spraying the affected fields.

And District Agricultural Officer (DACO), Wilson Chilembo, said he would request for more chemicals from his ministry to enable the officers spray all the affected fields.

Mr Chilembo has since advised farmers in the district to be alert and report any suspicious pests destroying their maize fields to the nearest agricultural camps.

And one of the affected farmers, Innocent Kayati, said the new pests were attacking the maize fields that were recently replanted after the army worms completely destroyed the maize was first planted.

Mr Kayati said it was unfortunate that their maize was being destroyed by another type of pests that has emerged after the disappearance of the army worms.

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56 Responses to Cursed: New pests invade Zambian maize fields

  1. GOD with us

    Boko Haram - January 2, 2013
    17:31

  2. ….meanwhile GBM’s trucks shipped all our maize out to Zimbabwe, Kenya and Burundi. Yup – all 3 years worth of bumper harvests are gone.

    Anyway, I’m rich and I don’t vote. Looks like I won’t be eating nsima this year just like kaponyas, bus and taxi drivers.

    Industrial Giant - January 2, 2013
    13:10

  3. zambians please stop being used by the devil, for infoemation God loves so much whether the devil likes it not, God loves us as a nation. get it into your head you devils.

    mazombwe - January 2, 2013
    12:50

  4. EVEN GOD’S CREATION IS CRYING OUT ‘PF MUST GO’!!!

    KATONGO NSAMBE - January 2, 2013
    09:48

  5. This is a sign those in power are not there by God’s blessing but by lies , deceiption and crookedness. This is a curse from above. Zambians we are partakers of this abomination by voting for crooks thieves and deceivers. When Israel opted for a human King instead of their Creator who got them from slavery hell broke loose. It serves you well for being fools.

    kenjay - January 2, 2013
    09:19

  6. To bad that we r vng these thngs in our country ! How far with the Lubinda isue kansi mwebantu ?

    Player of the yr ! - January 1, 2013
    21:14

  7. Whether we call it a curse or accuse others as causers, the bottom line is that we need to change our farming practices from conventional to sustainable farming. That is:
    1. Change from mono-cropping to inter-cropping
    2. Use composite instead of synthetic fertilizers
    3. Embrace crop rotation
    4. Change from slash and burn to mulching
    5. Apply integrated pest management
    6. Minimum tillage
    In short our methods of using resources should be renewable, rather than depleting or permanently damaging them.

    X-taxman - January 1, 2013
    20:45

  8. Lets go back and check the bible prophecies. All these things were prophesied some 4000years by isiaih hosea and others, 2000years ago by jesus himself. Lets come together guys and pray that God gives us strength to overcome these challenges. Nothing can seperate us from the love of God. Lets till the land. GOD bless you all.

    Kalembe kafyuke - January 1, 2013
    18:46

    • why then do u always blame satan when ever u sin if nothing can separate u frm the love of god

      mama knew love - January 1, 2013
      20:16

  9. chivotevote chanu.tiyeni nazo

    changa neka - January 1, 2013
    18:45

  10. Why is this happening in Kafue, a district in which single women marched to protest being “told” not to offer sex to their PF boyfriends. This DC was in uproar leading the protest.

    I propose the women instead march in protest requesting government’s intervention in this matter before they starve to death! In any case, how will they and their immoral boyfriends enjoy sex on empty stomachs?

    Czar - January 1, 2013
    18:40

  11. So where people are experiencing tornados,tsunamis,earthquakes and other natural disasters are more cursed than Zambia?Or are more sinners than Zambians?God does not operate like that,infact there are governments that are led by pure dictators,whose ascendancy to power was trough blood shed.Why are they not cursed?Judgement is coming but not in a haphazard manner like this.Why should a poor farmer suffer at the hand of a few individuals who are not governing the country accordingly?Let’s not accuse God.

    Black Bull. - January 1, 2013
    18:37

    • You are a man of good reasoning. Keep it up.

      Considerate - January 2, 2013
      11:25

  12. You must be saboi.hahaha

    Scramble for zambia - January 1, 2013
    16:23

  13. The world is waxing old and as men depart from righteousness,they remove God’s protective hand so nature goes wild afflicting mankind who live as though there is no God.

    Honest - January 1, 2013
    15:18

    • why is it that in the Christianity everything wrong in the world is humanity’s fault we are not the ones who created it somehow your God is perfect but his creation is imperfect. Perfection cannot breed or make imperfection that’s impossible so God as defined by Christianity is impossible…….

      Likman666 - January 1, 2013
      16:48

      • The answer to your conundrum is a simple five letter word: choice. God created a perfect world and has given us the right to choose either His perfect ways or whatever seems right in our eyes. So leave God out of it.

        Observer - January 1, 2013
        17:15

        • “God” created a perfect world really !what of poverty, hunger e.t.c.
          you still don’t get my point even our choices would be perfect…be reasonable

          Likman666 - January 2, 2013
          02:57

      • It is not that nature is imperfect. Nature follows the ordinances of God. It is documented in the bible that when the king was righteous the land prospered, but when an evil king reigned the land became cursed. Curses can also happen when human beings disrespect nature, we are seeing that with global warming around the world. So nature is not flawed or imperfect. This has also proven true in anthropology and biological studies. We Christians serve a perfect God with perfect ordinances. But our actions as human beings affect our world.

        Zedbabe - January 1, 2013
        18:15

        • you people still don’t get it Christianity is a flawed doctrine our actions, free will everything about us would be perfect if you have a perfect creator it should reflect in all his creations(humans included) period.You are making excuses for your God…….

          Likman666 - January 2, 2013
          03:02

        • If a God created the world, then when we look around this world, we should see the nature of that God reflected. What do we see when we look around? We see life struggling to survive off the suffering of others. Animals are forced to mutilate and devour other animals in order to stay alive. Eat or be eaten. This is the nature of God. When creationists preach that a perfect God created this world, they often ignore the fact that this creation is full of imperfection. Genetic mutations occur in plants and animals which cause handicaps, suffering and injustice. Take, for instance, the mentally retarded child or the child that is born without limbs. If God is supposed to be so perfect, why did he create such a potentially imperfect world? And some people are so naive as to believe that heaven will be perfect, when he can’t even get earth right!

          Likman666 - January 2, 2013
          03:22

  14. these are state emergency, a press conference is needed by ukwa in order to address the nation on such issues, instead of hiring and firing, threatening opposition leaders. Ukwaaaaa should talk about
    1. meali meal prices
    2. fuel shortages
    3. unemployment levels
    4. army worms and new pests in kafue under mrs pig etc

    simska - January 1, 2013
    15:10

  15. pipo were happy that bush came to visit zambia,these are things they bring pests made in labs to destablies the nation…we need to pray

    ftj - January 1, 2013
    14:24

    • u right

      simska - January 1, 2013
      14:49

    • come on what has bush got to do with our sad state of affairs. stop kicking the dog. let us address the issue at hand in what ever way we can

      mama knew love - January 1, 2013
      19:57

    • Bush!!! then all white people do that, why do u not forget your VP? he is incharge of disasters, if there are no disasters he has no work…

      NewZambia - January 1, 2013
      20:09

  16. The clan of mukamaambo and moonze predicted the pests at gonde and gave instruction on how to deal with the pests,all bantu botatwe follow the instruction.

    Muunga a matwi abacizakala - January 1, 2013
    14:03

  17. Presidential address was sickly, uninspiring and utter hollow.

    Village Chicken - January 1, 2013
    13:50

    • The presidential address was very hollow indeed. It didnt tacke issues affecting the common man. in the preamble, the president said there were results and challenges. But i never heard any single challenge mentioned.

      Mwanamwene - January 1, 2013
      16:02

    • WHICH PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, DID HE HAVE ONE? PRESS CONFERENCE OR WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??? BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANY PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

      NewZambia - January 1, 2013
      20:10

      • The Presidential New Year address on new years eve. He was reading a speech he didn’t understand as usual. He didn’t loo and sound too well. I hope TB Joshua isn’t playing his witchcraft

        Bokoseni Mwale - January 2, 2013
        11:06

  18. Wat wrong have we committed to deserve all this?

    Evelyn Hone reloaded - January 1, 2013
    13:48

    • if i will hurt u then am sorry. God isn’t happy about this pathetic fools (pharaoh failures), it will only come to pass wen sata and his cabinet resigns.

      simska - January 1, 2013
      14:56

  19. The ease with which we are facing these plagues would make even the ancient Egyptians under Pharaoh disgusted with our docility and naivete. Its time someone ordered Satan to LET MY PEOPLE GO.

    silu ni silu - January 1, 2013
    13:47

    • Yeah my people Barotselanders?

      cynic - January 1, 2013
      17:00

  20. What a horde of nonsense! A handful of worms becomes a curse! What is wrong with Zambians? People else where have had earthquakes, Tsunamis, and famine, they do not go to the extreme of bringing the ‘cursed’ nonsense. Just get down to work and sort out the issues. Is malaria, TB and HIV in Zambia, a curse too? I have never known Zambians to be such a bunch of spineless, whingeing wimps like they seem to appear now!!

    The Kimbanguist - January 1, 2013
    13:39

  21. Only idiots and the superstitious believe in curses.

    cnp - January 1, 2013
    13:20

  22. What curse? If you dont shave and bath your pubic hair you will develop lice! This country has concetrated so much on the same crop just pouring money on fertiliser and feeding rats and weevils at the Maize Reserve Agency you forget to spray insecticides. Cypermethrin is only KR7 per hectare. Now even aphids on rape will be a curse!

    Kalito - January 1, 2013
    13:09

  23. Sata has brought sin to the country!

    London - January 1, 2013
    13:03

  24. There should be a huge sin these uncircumcised philistines have committed againist the Lord God almighty. They are insulting the integrity of of great nation. Not even the sacrifice of two huge elephants will that sin will be remissioned. Just too many misterious happengs in their one year in power. I had a dream, something big will soon come out. Lets wait and see.

    ndeloleshafye - January 1, 2013
    12:58

  25. our country needs prayers it,s time christains came together to pray.
    it seems the sacrifice that was made during these elections is working against the people of zambia which explains the strande happenings…and we are yet to see more strange happenings….all those that are prayerful know what im talking about….Gods intervation can only save us..

    shantel - January 1, 2013
    12:41

  26. sata is a bad omen

    eye for a eye - January 1, 2013
    12:36

  27. We need God’s guidence as these are signs of more bad things to come than what we have seen. Ukwa needs to confess

    Gbm - January 1, 2013
    12:31

  28. The pests are bitter like the opposition! lol!

    Mubanga - January 1, 2013
    12:17

    • ichochintu…..strange happenings indeed….God forbide wat has became of our beloved christian nation..

      mumu - January 1, 2013
      12:31

      • You must be saboi.hahaha

        Scramble for zambia - January 1, 2013
        16:23

  29. Those are some of the greatest achivements by pf,new districts,no opposition rallies,army worms and now these advanced army woems imported from taiwan on new year’s eve

    Mr Kiss - January 1, 2013
    12:13

  30. The new pests must be reported to police for threatening the peace we have enjoyed since independence and KABIMBA must help in police investigations. Its these pests are bitter that sata is in state house. However its happy new yaer to WD and my fellow blogers

    Mbala Mafia - January 1, 2013
    12:09

  31. God is speaking. Watching the address by the Boss, nothing logical came from his mouth apart from signs of frustration and failure.

    Advocate - January 1, 2013
    12:07

  32. God come to our aid

    The Analyst - January 1, 2013
    11:52

  33. God is saying something.

    Homestead - January 1, 2013
    11:46

  34. MY FELLOW ZAMBIANS THIS IS THE TIME TO KNEEL DOWN AND SEEK THE FACE OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD OTHERWISE WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THESE CURSES IN OUR LAND. WE HAVE SOLD OUR COUNTRY TO THE DEVIL SATAN CPN WHO MOCKED GOD SAYING THAT HE IS GOING TO BASE HIS GOVERNING OF THIS GREAT NATION ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY NOW IS CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO SOW IT RIGHT FOR EACH AND EVERY ZAMBIAN TO BE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO ENJOY THE FRUITS THEREOF

    munsha - January 1, 2013
    11:46

  35. Eish…. Ukwa and his friends have already depleted the bumber harvest of last season by selling to Mugabe.

    We in trouble next year.

    Mpangula Mputyu - January 1, 2013
    11:41

  36. Machimo yapaka ku plot one.mrs grace pig these worms are the ones you are suppose to fight and not HH.

    Scramble for zambia - January 1, 2013
    11:40

  37. Imwe finkubala ifyo just pick and take to Soweto

    Cheese Yogurt - January 1, 2013
    11:34

    • Kikikikiki

      Munanga - January 1, 2013
      11:41