The government has directed farmers and agricultural extension officers to be proactive and take precautionary measures to curb outbreak of crop diseases and report the matter to their seniors without delay when the situation gets worse.
The former Minister for Agriculture, Food and Co-operatives, Engineer Christopher Chiza, told the ‘Daily News’ over the weekend that he was amazed by reports of tomato leaf miner outbreak that is said to threaten about 80 per cent of the crop with farmers waiting for the ministry to act.
Engineer Chiza said every district council has an extension worker, with zonal research centres countrywide, adding that it was strange to think the ministry’s headquarters had the cure and prevention for diseases.
“I have not been informed about the outbreak. Even if I had been informed I would still resort to action from the district and zonal officers. If they fail they would have to report to the ministry so that we refer the matter to research centres or ask support from other countries.