ZAMBOANGA CITY – The barangay council of La Paz has seek the assistance of the city agriculture office to help contain if not eradicate the army worms invasion that greatly affected the livelihood of the flower farmers in the area.
La Paz Barangay Councilman Edgar Chavez, who chairs the Committee on Agriculture, said the army worms have destroyed the flowers grown by the farmers in the area thereby affecting their means of livelihood.
Chavez said that among the flowers being grown in La Paz by an association of 30-member farmers include roses, Malaysian mums, wonder white, and several other varieties of flowers.
Chavez said the army worms’ invasion started late last year and still persists until this month.
He said the farmers seems to be helpless in eliminating the pest the reason why they asked the city agriculturist office to intercede.
He fears that the army worms may also affect the vegetable grown by farmers in Barangay La Paz if left uncontrolled.
Barangay La Paz, which is known as “Little Baguio” is this city’s source of flowers and vegetables. It is an upland barangay located in this city west coast.
The cool climate of Barangay La Paz makes it an ideal place for flower and vegetable growing. (PNA)