The Zambian government says it has received $500,000 from the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO aimed at addressing the negative impacts of the fall army worms.

Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Green Mbozi says the money will be used for capacity building among small scale farmers to address the infestation of fall army worms on their crops.

Mr. Mbozi Said that the money will also be used to equip farmers with early warning system equipment on the infestation of the fall army worms.

He expressed hope the funds will help reduce on the damage the fall army worms pose to crops especially maize.

And Mr. Mbozi has thanked FAO for their continued technical assistance and resource mobilization support to develop the agriculture sector in Zambia.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry Director for crops Eric Daka during the official launch of the technical cooperation project dubbed, emergency response to the fall army worm outbreak in Zambia on Thursday.