Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 6/12/2013 12:38:00 PM
Close to 8,368ha of belg cropland was reportedly destroyed by army worms in Wolayita zone of Southern Regional State, an area that suffered from late onset of the 2013 belg rains and subsequent heavy rains that damaged belg crops, a weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, published by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs revealed.
Immediate distribution of spraying containers and chemicals to the farmers is required to prevent further loss of belg crops, according to the Office. The Office also warns the damage caused by the army worms will further reduce the expected harvest this season.
Similar incidents were also reported from Boricha, Bona Zuria, Dara, Dale, Hawassa Zuria and Loko Abaya weredas of Sidama zone located in Southern Regional State as well as from drought prone areas of East and West Hararge zones of Oromia Regional State.