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MOFA AND MEDIA ROUND TABLE ON ( FALL ARMYWORM)

MOFA AND MEDIA ROUND TABLE ON( FALL ARMYWORM)
MOFA AND MEDIA ROUND TABLE ON ( FALL ARMYWORM)

Ministry Of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) had a floor discussion with the Media concerning the issue of FALL ARMYWORM that produces (spodoptera frugiperda) disease in Ghana .

Dr.  Felicia Ansah Amprofi who is the (Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate PPRSD) made it cleared that,"the FALL ARMYWORM (spodoptera Frugiperda),is an insert pest native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americans. It was first detected in West Africa in January 2016 in Nigeria.  In Ghana, the incidence of FAW was reported in April 2016 in the YILO KROBO municipal in the Eastern Region and has since 2017, spread to all the region of the country.

She said, due to the anxiety caused by the infestation in the maize producing communities and the likely effect on food security, the Hon. Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto constituted a  multi-disciplinary  National Task Force drawn from MOFA, Developmental partners and  other Agencies to develop and implement strategies for the management of FAW."

The Government of Ghana in response approved and released funds for operations and procurement of insecticides for the management of the pest. Interventions employed by the Ministry in 2017 included public awareness and sensitization programs, development of educational materials, documentaries were also developed and aired on TV and Radio station. Also, live discussions on FAW management were carried out on TV stations, FM radio station and community information centres. Further MoFA and NADMO staff in all the 216 districts and key stakeholders were trained on early detection, scouting and sustainable management of the pest."

According to her, A total of 122,297 litres and 7,628 kilos of insecticides were procured and distributed to affected farmers to manage the pest. In total, 249,054 ha of maize farms size were affected and sprayed. Out of that 234,807 ha (94.3 percent) recovered and 14,247 have (5.7 percent) maize farm were completely destroyed. In Ghana, our measures in line with our neighbors, have been modelled by the Brazilian experience which has had incidence of FAW infestation for the past 40 years.

Dr. Felicia Ansah Amprofi concluded by saying, "We have just started land preparation and planting for the major farming season and are likely to experience more infestations. We would therefore like you to appreciate that this a Phytosanitary or public Plant health issue, which have Trade Implications and must be communicated in a professional manner. Early this year,we trained you the media on detection, management and reporting of FAW. WE  we therefore wish to appeal to you  to collaborate with the ministry to educate our farmers on how to manage the FAW.  Media coverage and discussions should rather be geared towards improving the knowledge and skills of our farmers."

Source: www.Omytv.net | Kofi Dwumah

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