The Upper West Regional directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has fessed -up that it was taken by surprise by the invasion of the fall army worms in the region.
The Upper West Regional Plant Protection officer of MOFA Mohammed Ahmed Sibawey said, the region was ill prepared ahead of the invasion and that accounted for the large scale attack on farms and wanton destruction of crops in the area.
According to him the worst hit area is the Nandom district where almost every community was invaded by the worms.
He however disclosed that the spraying of the affected areas is bringing the invasion under control.
Ahmed Sibawey postulated that, to avert a recurrence next farming season, the ministry will display feramon traps across the country to identify the moths that develop into the fall army worm to aid them prepare ahead of a possible outbreak.
Most countries in the sub-Sahran African region are battling with army worm invasion a situation experts have predicted may lead to food shortage next year if contingency measures are not put in place .