A/R: Govt declares war on army worms

Spraying gangs have been sent out to farms in the Ashanti Region as part of measures to halt the spread of Fall Army Worms (FAW) in the country.

This was after officials of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the region received four trucks of pesticides to be distributed to districts where the worms have invaded farms.

Ghana experienced the infestation of FAW in all parts of the country, except in the Western Region in 2016, during which approximately 4,052 hectares of maize and cowpea fields were destroyed.

At a press conference held at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Accra on Wednesday, 10 May, sector minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the infestation was of a global nature, affecting other countries in the sub-region and had devastated cereals and legume crop fields in both eastern and southern Africa with serious negative socio-economic consequences on food security, farmer income, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in affected countries.

“We have since the beginning of the year mounted surveillance for detection and prevalence of army worms in all districts and have detected incidents of pest infestation in a number of districts in the Ashanti, Central, Northern, Western, Eastern, and Brong Ahafo regions,” he stated.

Government has set up a task force to coordinate sensitisation of farmers on detection of FAW, surveillance and monitoring, implementation of prevention and control measures against FAW, and to research on other long-term measures to combat the pest and source for resources for short- and long-term strategies to combat the menace.

Government said it had made available needed funds to combat and minimise the level of infestation.


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