Army worms invade cocoa farms in Ashanti region . Army worms invade cocoa farms in Ashanti region .
  Several Cocoa farms in the Ashanti region of Ghana have been invaded by African army worms causing destruction to the cocoa farms .... Army worms invade cocoa farms in Ashanti region .

 

Several Cocoa farms in the Ashanti region of Ghana have been invaded by African army worms causing destruction to the cocoa farms .

The affected farming communities include Atia,Amampama,Mamponteng , Kona, Boamang and other cocoa farming communities  in the Ejisu Juaben municipality .

The deleterious pests attack cocoa pods   and eat the pods causing damages to cocoa beans .According to some of the affected cocoa farmers ,even though this is not the first time the area is recording  such incident ,this year’s invasion and destruction  are very alarming  and disastrous  hence calling for swift action by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cocobod .

The Cocoa farmers say,the army-worms invasion in the area would affect government target of one million tones of Cocoa this year if the worms are not controlled .According to them several pesticides sprayed on their farms have not been able to kill the worms.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti regional branch of the Agricultural  Ministry has inspected the affected farms and have indicated plans to mass spray  the farms Monday to control the pest from spreading to other farms.

 

 

Source:enaghana.com

 

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