MOFA, FAO to fight armyworms

Dr Gyiele Nurah(middle) receiving the equipments from Mr Abebe Haile Gabriel.Photo.Ebo Gorman

Dr Gyiele Nurah(middle) receiving the equipments from Mr Abebe Haile Gabriel.Photo.Ebo Gorman

Plans are underway to make available 2,000 pheromone traps and 4,000 lures for installation on crop farm for early detection of the Fall armyworms.

Pheromone is a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal, especially a mammal or an insect, affecting the behaviour or physiology of others of its species.

This forms parts of efforts by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to support MoFA in the fight against armyworm.

Mr Abebe Haile Gabriel, FAO representative to Ghana made the revelation when he presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to MoFA, on behalf of the FAO for the Training of Trainers (ToT) of Agricultural Extension Agents (AEA) to fight FAW invasion in the country.

They include boxes of respirators, farm clothing, knapsack sprayers and wellington boots amongst others.

He assured of his outfits commitment to supporting government’s drive to reach larger numbers of smallholder farmers at the grassroot levels to enhance their capacity for the adoption of management measures that would reduce Fall army worm invasion.

He said: “FAO will continue to support the efforts of the ministry to strengthen the overall monitoring and early warning mechanisms.”

Mr Haile commended government for facilitating “concrete” pragmatic steps to contain the invasive pest and armyworm adding that the collaboration between FAO and the government of Ghana would continue.

The Minister of State at MoFA, Dr. Guiele Nurah expressed gratitude to FAO for their support and assured of MoFA’s dedication towards the total eradication of the FAW menace.

He indicated that the fight against armyworm was going to be a continuous task to prevent it from migrating to neighbouring countries.

“We are ready to go to war against the armyworm, our battalions will move to wherever army worm is reported. We hope they don’t come but when they do, we are prepared,” he added.

The minister assured all peasant farmers across the country of more support from the FAO to annihilate the armyworm in Ghana.

By Raissa Sambou 

 

 

 

 

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