General News of Tuesday, 1 August 2017
The Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Agric Ministry of using ‘akeshaa’, a local substance used to clean washrooms to fight the army worm invasion.
Over 112,000 farmlands have so far been infected by the fall army worms with 14,000 farms completely destroyed.
This has led to a threat to the livelihood of about 4 million farmers whose farmlands have been infested.
Farmers are said to be resorting to traditional means of fighting the worms by preparing concoctions of detergents and pepper, to apply on affected farms; a rudimentary approach which is working for the farmers.
And this approach, Allotey Jacobs speaking on Adom FM’s Morning, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Tuesday said is working for the farmers more than the ‘akeshaa’ chemicals being provided by the Ministry of Agriculture.
“The government is now fighting the army worms with akeshaa and this is really bad…the [Agric] Ministry has not been able to provide any solutions…,” he claimed.
Allotey further warned that food supply in the country would soon be affected if serious efforts are not made to arrest the situation.