The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has declared that the army worm invasion has completely been defeated.
“Mr. Speaker, I want to assure the nation that the fall army worm invasion has been defeated totally,” Dr. Afriyie Akoto said Thursday on the floor of Parliament.
He added “the situation which has been created by some people that the army worm is consuming the planting for food and jobs [program], Mr. Speaker is not correct, it is wrong.”
The army worms invaded several farms in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Volta and Eastern regions early this year.
Over 15,000 hectares of farmlands have been destroyed nationwide by the worms. Farmers who were affected by the worms were given pesticides by the Agric ministry to fight the invasion.
The “fall army worm” is not actually a worm. It is a super-hungry caterpillar that eats up crops before it grows into a butter fly.
They look dull yellow to gray in colour with stripes running down the length of the body.
They lay their eggs on seedlings and leaves of plants and within 5 to 10 days, the tinny caterpillars hatch to launch a massive onslaught on food crops.
The pests attack leaves of crops, flowers and even the stalk.
They feed on several crops including -staple food source – maize, cotton, soya bean, potato and the cash crop – cocoa.
Published on 27 July 2017 | 1:32 pm at Source