AGRIC MINISTRY POISED TO COMBAT ARMYWORM INVASION

Dr. Sagre Bambangi, the Deputy Minister for food and agriculture  has said the endemic armyworm  invasion in farmlands in the country could have been nipped in the bud if the necessary logistics were provided to combat the situation as it erupted in the electioneering period last year.

The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, speaking on Sky Big Breakfast show said the oversight on the part of stakeholders in the agric sector has really caused a great damage to the farmers therefore poses a great threat to the country's food security. He observed that positive strides have been put in place to help salvage the situation.

He said some of the affected places have a possibility of controlling while others have been deteriorated to no maintenance.  The Deputy Minister has since his tour in the region visited Kintampo North and South and Asutifi South.  He described the level of destruction at these places as very disgusting and detrimental.

Dr. Sagre Bambangi noted that he cannot make a specific pledge of any compensation for affected farmers but hopes that a better decision will be taken when he returns and reports the severity of the disaster to his sector minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

Meanwhile Dr. Cyril Quist, the regional director of MOFA indicated that, modalities and chemicals that are possible to control the worms have been discovered; hence possible future infestation can be prevented.
He attributed this menace could not be controlled beause these North and South American armyworms are not similar to the usual African armyworms.

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