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Rwandan experts here to help curb Fall Army Worm menace

The six-member Rwandan delegation visited the Pahalagama area with the Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the Chief Incumbent of the Mirisawetiya Viharaya, Ven. Eithal Wetunu Wawe Gnanatillake Thera.
The six-member Rwandan delegation visited the Pahalagama area with the Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the Chief Incumbent of the Mirisawetiya Viharaya, Ven. Eithal Wetunu Wawe Gnanatillake Thera.

A delegation of experts from the Government of Rwanda arrived in Anuradhapura yesterday (01) at the request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to help curb the Fall Army Worm menace.

When the President visited Anuradhapura last week, he visited the Pahalagama area in Anuradhapura at the request of the Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the Chief Incumbent of the Mirisawetiya Viharaya, Ven. Eithal Wetunu Wawe Gnanatillake Thera.

The Rwandan delegation arrived in Sri Lanka at the request of the President having looked into countries with experience in the cultivation of Maize. The group of six, including the country’s Brigadier General Fred Musiraguhara, local agricultural experts Alexis Rusagara and Jane Marie Viani Usumugura were received at the Mirisawetiya Temple in a grand ceremony.

Having participated in religious observances, the Mirisawetiya Chief Incumbent commended the prompt action taken by the Rwandan Government to respond to Sri Lanka’s crisis.

“There will be many who will criticize the move to bring down experts from another country. But if they had the ability, they had over three years to do something about the Fall Army Worm ‘Sena’ caterpillar menace. But, they did nothing. At the time when the innocent villagers who depend on agriculture were facing a lot of difficulties due to this problem, the President accepted my request and went to the corn fields and saw the destruction caused by this caterpillar for himself. Immediately the President contacted several countries and spoke to officials of the Rwandan Government. We are very thankful to both leaders for responding promptly to our request.”

The team of Rwandan specialists thereafter visited the affected cultivations together with members of the Security Forces in order to assess the problem.

The ‘Sena’ caterpillar menace could not be contained with the currently used pesticides and it had only been effective for about one week.