One of Namibia’s biggest green scheme projects Etunda irrigation farm has been hit by an army worm outbreak.
The 600-hectare Etunda Irrigation farm in north Namibia’s Omusati region supplies products to the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency, a government enterprise.
In a statement on Tuesday, Etunda manager Albertus Viljoen said the situation is very bad, considering that the crop is supposed to be harvested in six months.
“All I can say is we really feel the impact of this infestation. We have to make a decision because our time is running out,” he said.
Viljoen said they have to decide whether to continue planting or wait for the following season.
Although the army worm problem started last year in August, Viljoen said the real outbreak has just come about now.
Omusati governor Erginus Endjala also said he was shocked by the situation.
“We need to act very fast, otherwise we will not have any harvest. The painful part about this pest is that it has targeted the young crops,” Endjala said, urging the agriculture ministry to act with urgency. Enditem