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BUSIA ASSEMBLY DIRECTS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO ABATE THE SPREAD OF CUSCUTA CALIFORNICA (DODDER)YELLOW WEED

The County Assembly of Busia has directed the Department of Agriculture and Animal Resources to explore the best possible solutions with the help of other research institutions in the country to abate the spread of the Cuscuta Californica yellow weed species in the county and country at large.

The Assembly  which was chaired by nominated  MCA Cynthia  Mutere   wants the Department  to ensure  the engaged  research  consultancy  firm deliver  its results  by  February,2019.

The notice motion that was moved by  nominated MCA Nancy Okademi  and adopted by  the County Assembly on June 20th, 2018 mandated the Agriculture committee  to urgently conduct  an inquiry  into the adverse  effects  of Cuscuta species on the vegetation cover and environment  generally within Busia County.

Agriculture Committee chairman  Job Oteba said the committee paid random visits to various sites in selected counties including Funyula, Bunyala, Teso North and Matayos in a bid to ascertain the veracity of the issue.

He said the mushrooming effects of Cuscuta Californica species in the county was posing a serious threat to the environment, adding that the alien species preys on specific plants especially Yellow Oleander“mabulusi”.

The chairman said  the department of Agriculture  had budgeted  Sh2.1m  in the financial year  2018/2019  for  control of alien  species  in a bid to alleviate  the effects  of the  weed albeit  as a stop gap measure.

Oteba said people have devised various ways of militating against the adverse effects of the weed but in vain. The measures include use of hot water mixed with pepper  and salt, uprooting the affected host plant, plucking off and either burning  or depositing the weed  in the latrines.

“Children subconsciously play a role in propagating the spread of the weed by plucking it and throwing it in different locations. It is destroying people’s fences (tree fences) as well as leading to death of other vegetation,” he said.

All members who gave their contributions including Patrick Obuya, Moses Ochieng, David Kokonya, Maskini Okodoi and Gardy Jakaa were unanimous that Cuscuta was a dangerous weed that should be controlled from spreading.

Ochieng urged the department of agriculture to invest   money in a lot of research.

“We also need to create awareness to sensitize the public on how best to control the spread  of the weed,” he said.

 

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