As army worms and stalk borers continue to ravage maize fields in the country, the Agricultural Trading Company (ATC) has reiterated that it has ready solutions in all its shops across the country.
Armyworms have affected many countries in sub Saharan African including neighboring Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
But speaking on Saturday, ATC’s Marketing Manager, Maxwell Ng’ambi, said his firm has since slashed prices of chemicals for the pests as one way of assisting farmers deal with armyworms and stalk borers.
“The problem if not well managed can affect harvests as such as an old friend of farmers – in excess of 50 years – ATC reduced prices so that every farmer affords,” said Ng’ambi.
Ng’ambi said the reaction to ATCs reduction of prices for chemicals especially those that arrest the spread of armyworms and stalk borer has been positive.
“We are still beckoning those farmers and estate managers that are yet to come to our shops to do so and get helped. The price promotion will come to end this month, hence, this is the right time to buy the pesticides,” he said.
Ng’ambi said ATC has various solutions for all manner of challenges that come in fields of different types of crops. He said they have herbicides, insecticides and fungicides manufactured by ATCs world class brands that have partnered with ATC to support farmers in Malawi.
“At ATC, we do have different types of effective pesticides for spraying that can halt the spread. We encouraging farmers generally and estate owners to visit any of our 17 shops countrywide and explain the problem to our sales team.
“They are equipped to advise the best pesticide to use, we have different pesticides for armyworms in our shops,” Ng’ambi said.
He noted that besides stalk borer and army worms chemicals, ATC has also reduced prices for all farming related chemicals.
Ng’ambi said ATC also has pesticides for use in banana, tea, sugarcane, coffee, vegetables, tobacco and legumes.