Tremendous Success Chalked Up In the fight against Fall Army Worms – Dr. Bambangi
| Updated Sep 04, 2017 at 8:44am
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Sagre Bambangi, has indicated that even though some remarkable successes have been chalked up, the fight against Fall Army Worms in the country is not over.
He said government was very much concerned about the outbreak since it has the tendency to derail efforts at revamping the Agriculture sector.
The Deputy Agric Minister who is in-charge of Annual Crops said it was for this reason that the ministry was doing everything possible to arrest the situation and to prevent the infestation from further spread.
Dr. Bambangi made the assertion when he paid a working visit to the Upper East Region.
The visit was to afford him the opportunity to aquiant himself with the nature of the infestation and to also monitor the progress of work as far as the fight against the spread of Fall Army Worms was concerned.
The Fall Army Worms have for the past few weeks hit certain parts of the country, particularly the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions, causing destructions to crops especially maize and cocoa.
Affected farmers have been counting their losses following reports that about 1,500 acresof maize farms being destroyed. However, some farmers have expressed hope that despite the threats posed by the invasion of the pests, they were still optimistic about better yields.
Dr. Bambangi in an interaction with the media at Bongo expressed satisfaction at the result of the application of the chemicals offered to farmers by the Ministry of Agriculture, and commended the farmers for heeding the technical advice given, for which the maize is now doing well.
He therefore appealed to all farmers in the region to adhere to the formula provided by technical and extension officers of the MOFA in the fight against the Army Worms.
A farmer in Bongo, Jacob Abongo Anaam, advised his colleague farmers to start spraying their crops early to avoid the infestation.
He said the only way to prevent the invasion of the Fall Army Worms is to engage in early spraying with the chemical provided them by the MOFA.
Mr. Anaam who has cultivated one hundred and forty-eight acres of maize said part of his farm was infested by the pest but when he sprayed the pests with the chemical provided them by the MOFA, all the affected maize has been recovered.
Mr. Anaam commended government for its efforts at combating the disease. He therefore, called for more efforts and interventions from the ministry to further consolidate the gains.