MOFA ANNOUNCES PROGRESS IN ARMY WORM FIGHT


The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) says it is winning the fight against army worms that invaded many hectares of farmlands in the country.

Some few weeks ago, army worms took over farms in some communities in the Kintampo North and South, Asutifi South, Sunyani and other farming areas in the region which resulted in a government intervention to arrest the situation.

Since March 2017, the army worms have destroyed more than 1,370 hectares of maize, cowpea and cocoa farms within the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Western Regions being the most affected areas.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, the Brong Ahafo Director of the Agric ministry, Dr. Cyril Quist revealed that the situation has been contained.

“The measures we employed as a ministry has tremendously helped in fighting the situation. We hope that we will be able to control the menace in the region to prevent any food scarcity”


Meanwhile, the 2016 National best maize farmer and the executive director of Kofi Vinyo and Company Limited, Mr. Kofi Vinyo has called on government to ensure that all inputs and funds that is directed to helping in curbing the menace should be monitored till it gets to the farmers. He noted that if possible, government should employ the services of a private agricultural firm for the distribution to ensure accountability.


“In the absence of close monitoring and supervision of their activities, the inputs will not get to the ordinary farmer who is suffering” he indicated.

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