Kigali, 14 April 2017
Rwanda Defence Force, in collaboration with other government partners, has launched a countrywide operation aiming at eradicating the Fall Army Worm, a devastating insect that has become a real threat to the national food security.
The unfamiliar insects appeared first in Nyamagabe District in February 2017, and later spread in almost all Districts of the country. They mainly attack and seriously damage maize crops among others.
Pyrethrum EWC+ is the pesticide that is being used countrywide by the RDF, partners and the farmers in fighting the Fall Army Worm. The pesticide has been designed and is produced by SOPYRWA, a Ministry of Defence affiliated company.
Pyrethrum EWC+ airlifted by Helicopter to facilitate easy delivery
Part of the ongoing fight against the Fall Army Worm insect, on 15 April 2017, Rwanda Defence Force airlifted about 4500 liters of the pyrethrum EWC+ to facilitate quick supply of the pesticide where it is needed most across the country. The natural and organic product made in Rwanda by Horizon Sopyrwa/Agropy was supplied by air to Karongi, Huye and Rwamagana Districts, respectively in Western, Southern and Eastern Provinces.