Linda and I have been teaching agriculture in the Moshi – Himo region of Tanzania in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Army worms are a problem in this area and I have read that the “Push-Pull” method using desmodium and napier grass has been successful in Tanzania as well as Kenya and Uganda.
Church members here are interested in trying the “Push-Pull” system but they are not familiar with desmodium. They do know of napier grass. We have tried to find desmodium seed at an agricultural store here, but they had not heard of desmodium.
Do you have desmodium seed available? We need the type that is used to repel moths of the army worm and stem bore vectors.
An interesting side note about using chemical sprays for insect control. We were told yesterday that the first president of Tanzania died as a result of doing practical agricultural training in the use of chemicals. An 80 year old farmer said he was against using any chemicals on his farm. Thus the interest in the “Push-Pull” methods are very high here.