On a bright beautiful morning, I arrived at the farm only to realise that my precious budding maize plant was attacked by a pest I had no idea about. My okra farm wasn’t left out as the second batch of okra planted was under attacked by a red looking insect I had no knowledge of. Imagine an amateur farmer like myself, though I have heard of pest on farmlands, I was experiencing it first hand and nothing prepared me for what was about to ravage my entire farmland.
I quickly ran to the nearest agricultural shop to get chemicals that would be effective based on popular advice, even though I intended not farming with chemicals. In my desperation to salvage my farm I wasted money not considering other inexpensive ways to tackle the problem on ground. It was under control for a while and it was then I went on the internet to find out what other local farmers where facing and doing. I discovered my visitors was the dreaded army worm and a simple solution of ash and chili pepper, neem seed extracts were used to forestall the attack for those who were organic farmers; while others used Ampligo and Glo-emmatacin powder all these I got from other young farmers I follow on the internet. My okra got attacked by some red insects that look like red aphids not still certain about it but someone might just be able to help me out from the pictures attached in the post.
I was able to salvage the situation, thankfully before too much damage was done. No man is an island and it is good for you to have people who are experts or professionals in your area of interest to guide you when it’s needed. The place of research cannot be over emphasized, you must keep learning. Do not let what you seeing discourage or deter you from your goal, all you need to do is reevaluate your situation and find out better ways to tackle it. Nothing sweet comes easy so expect challenges or opposition it is part of the growth process, embrace it and crush it like a boss. ciao