The Ministry of Food stuff and Agriculture (MoFA) has brought on interventions to comprise Fall Army Worms (FAW) which have resurfaced in some components of the region.
The Director of the Plant Safety Regulatory Company Directorate (PPRSD) at the ministry, Dr Felicia Ansah-Amprofi, mentioned MoFA experienced famous instances of the worm attacks on crops throughout the country.
She explained it experienced dispatched more than enough quantities of 13 authorized chemical compounds to its extension officers in all locations and districts to enable farmers tackle the obstacle head-on.
The 13 substances that have been recommended to combat the worms are Agoo, Bypel, Adepa Agro Natural and organic Pesticide, Eradicat T, Neem Seed (Gro-harmless), Ozoneen, Chemomeclin 50SG and Delta Gold 2.5 EC.
Mr Francis Osei Sarfo (2nd still left), the Dawhenya Farm Supervisor, conveying some problems to Mr Mustapha Ussif (3rd still left), the Executive Director, National Service Scheme. Other folks in the photograph include things like Mr Oxford Osei Bonsu (remaining), the Challenge Manager, and some personnel on the farm.
The relaxation are Sauveur 62EC, Sticker Super 70EC, Striker 19 EC, Warrior Tremendous 26 EC and Worm Assault EC.
“We have dispersed a overall of 79,560 litres of liquid chemical compounds and yet another 20,665 kilogrammes of powdered chemical compounds to all the areas. This quantity of pesticides will enable manage a full of 348,620 hectares of crops countrywide, so there is no lead to for alarm if farmers report and spray their farms in time,” she explained.
Devastation on NSS farm
The go follows huge attacks of the FAW on maize and other crops on farms, together with that of the Nationwide Services Scheme (NSS) located at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Location.
The devastating FAW ruined many hectares of crops across the state specially in 2017.
This yr, the worms have prompted extreme destruction to the maize farm of the NSS.
The stubborn worms have attacked the total 250-acre maize farm and completely destroyed 50 acres.
Big investments by the management of the NSS to have the situation have yielded number of final results as the evasive creatures are continue to wreaking havoc on the maize plants.
When the Daily Graphic frequented the farm previous Wednesday, in the business of the Government Director of the NSS, Mr Mustapha Ussif, it was noticed that the maize vegetation have been very seriously underneath attack by the FAW.
The worms were being viewed lodged among the nods of the maize crops, most of which had been at the tussling phase.
The 50 acres of the maize farm that experienced been absolutely ravaged by the FAW experienced been replanted and the vegetation were being just at the seedling stage.
Checks by the Day-to-day Graphic at Yilo Krobo and Reduce Manya Krobo in the Japanese Location also confirmed that the worms experienced ruined significant acres of crops.
Appeal to MoFA
Mr Ussif, who was stunned by the FAW attack on the NSS farm, appealed to MoFA to assistance the NSS with substances to battle the worms.
“The FAW assault on our Dawhenya farm is so serious and could have been worst but we bought some chemical substances and utilized them, with the hope that it will work. We had to replant 50 acres of the maize crops for the reason that the vegetation ended up fully destroyed.
“The value of the chemicals is too considerably and so we attractiveness to MoFA to arrive in and support with chemical compounds, so that we can salvage the farm,” he said.
Dr Ansah-Amprofi urged all farmers whose farms had been attacked by the worms to get in touch with MoFA officials in the districts for chemicals to management the worms.
She mentioned though the FAW had occur to stay in the region for a selection of several years, their impact on crops could be largely minimised if farmers adopted best practices in controlling them.
“As for experiences about FAW assaults, we have them from across the nation because so significantly as people today have begun planting maize and other crops, these worms will arise. But we have sensitised people today to often deal with the worms by spraying their farms with the right chemical compounds in time,” she said.
For his portion, the Better Accra Regional Director of PPRSD, Mr Sena Ahedor, advised the Every day Graphic that the area experienced obtained sufficient pesticides and had allocated them to the MoFA places of work in the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to assistance farmers.
“We acquired 5,000 litres of Adepa, 1,000 litres of Eradicat, 1,000 litres of AMA Star and some Bypel for our region. I can say that the FAW were extreme below but since of sensitisation and the prompt shipping of the pesticides, we have been in a position to deal with the circumstance,” he said.
Touching on the Dawhenya NSS maize farm, he asked the administration of the scheme to get in touch with the Ningo District Directorate of Agriculture for pesticides.