The Director of Agriculture in the Dormaa Municipality, Mr. Jawad Munkaila, has educated Assembly members on how best to effectively apply pesticides to destroy invading armyworms in order to avoid waste and enhance food security.


Mr Munkaila confirmed an outbreak of crop-eating armyworms in the municipality, adding that reports reaching his office had indicated that almost all the farms in the area had been severely attacked.


Speaking at an emergency general assembly meeting on Wednesday, Mr Munkaila explained to the assembly members that the worms were usually found at the reproductive area of the crop (maize) with their secretion covering them up.


He said the worms came out in the mornings to feed and coiled back as the sun began to rise.


He has, therefore, appealed to farmers through their assembly members to spray the chemicals in the mornings, making sure they are targeting the armyworms, adding that where the chemicals were not effective, re-spraying could be done.


Mr Munkaila urged farmers to rely on the Agriculture Extension officers in the communities for expert advice and monitoring.


Furthermore, he said, farmers should form gangs as quickly as possible to qualify them to receive chemicals to control the invading armyworms which were threatening food security.


The emergency Assembly meeting had been organized to discuss a petition the Assembly had received in connection with new market stores built by the previous administration, which have, since their inception, been surrounded with controversies.


The Assembly has, therefore, resolved that an independent and credible committee be set up to delve into the petition to make recommendations for appropriate action to be taken.


Source: ISD (Linda Osei –Fobi)