As part of the fight against the Fall Army Worm, the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with management of the Plant Protection and Preventive Service (PPRSD), has provided capacity training for both farmers and Agriculture Extension Agents, as well as distributed pesticides.
They also distributed pesticides to all district offices in the country to be accessed by farmers affected by the FAW invasion.
The infestation of FAW has affected food production across the country as well the income of farmers and government, hence these measures to curb the invasion.
The Director of PPRSD, Dr. Mrs. Felicia Ansah Amprofi, announced this at a press briefing on the FAW situation in Tamale, the Northern Region’s capital.
According to her, in its effort to fight the worms, government has released funds for operations and procurement of insecticides.
A total of 122,297 litres and 7,628 kilos of insecticides were procured and distributed to affected farmers to manage the pest, she announced.
A total of 249,054 hectares of maize farm lands were affected and sprayed, of which 234,807 hectares (94.3%) were recovered and 14,247 hectares of (5.7%) of maize farm were completely destroyed.
She hinted that there have been several complaints from neighboring countries about the porous nature of Ghana’s borders which allows unregistered agrochemical products and other products carrying the warms into the country, and stressed the need to check this canker to ensure sanity in the country.
She appealed for the media to assist in educating the public and farmers on the current FAW issues, and the best practices to minimise infestation.
She also advised the farmers to desist from using uncertified chemicals which are dangerous to human health in spraying their farms in the name of fighting FAW.
The Northern Regional Director of MoFA, William Boakye-Akyeampong, urged farmers to liaise with the Agricultural Extension Agents (AEA) to assist in best control measures for FAW, and best agricultural practices to increase food security in the country.
He also urged farmers and the AEA to visit farms regularly to check for infestations of FAW to avoid destroying their crops.
He reiterated that MoFA is committed to addressing the FAW invasion, and continuous engagement with farmers, media and the public will help minimise the insects since they have come to stay.
The Head of PPRSD at MoFA in the Northern Region, Christopher Akai, said efforts are being made to ensure insecticide distribution is fairly carried out.
He said the massive sensitisation has helped reduce infestation on the farm lands, with many farmers now back at their farming activities to earn a living.
Some farmers expressed gratitude to government for the swift intervention, saying it will help them generate some revenue.