Agric Minister tours farms in Ashanti region over Fall Armyworms


The Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto is touring farms in the Ejura Sekyere Dumasi Municipality in the Ashanti Region following the invasion of the Fall armyworms on the farms.

He toured the farms on Wednesday April 29.

The Plant Protection & Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) Secretariat of the MoFA issued the alert of the invasion and explained that early detection was necessary to fast-track the implementation of the necessary management options at the vulnerable stages of the larvae.

The field tour was to afford farmers the opportunity to express the other concerns they also have to the sector minster.

Fall armyworms are dangerous trans-boundary insects with a high potential to spread rapidly due to their natural distribution capacity and opportunities presented by international trade.

They earned their common name by eating all plant matter they encounter in their wide dispersals, like a large army.

Research has shown that the FAW feed on more than 80 plant species, including maize, sorghum, soybean, rice and vegetable crops.

The pests are capable of reproducing and spreading quickly, given the right environmental conditions.

It was first reported in Africa in 2016, where it is still causing significant damage to maize crops and has great potential for further spread and economic damage.



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