Source :Savannanews24.com / Ibrahim Nurudeen
The Northern Regional Chairman of Farmers Association Mr Mohammed Adam Nashiru has advised farmers to avoid the unorthodox methods to fight the fall army worm in an anticipation of burying their existence in farms.
Fall army worms have invaded farms in the region and so far the use of some pesticides to fight have not been successful.
Mr Mohammed Adam briefing the media in Tamale bemoaned the use of unorthodox methods by some farmers in the region, adding that, it’s quite unfortunate and must not be encourage throughout the country.
According to him experts and skilled personnel should be contacted at all times by farmers for onward instructions and recommendations towards the fight of the worm.
Mr Mohammed Adam pointed out that the introduction and supply of insecticides such as K-optimal, Sumpifos and Adepa by the ministry of food and agriculture(MOFA) is yielding results.
He lamented that the invasion of the fall army worm is a disaster that has befall on the country including other African countries, hence the fight against the menace should be a collective efforts and not only the ministry of food and agriculture.
He commended government and USAID for the following measures put in place to combat the canker, the formation of spraying gangs in all the districts and some communities, capacity building of farmers on the sign’s and symptoms to determine and crash the fall army worm, training of trainers workshops, introduction of Voto motor to send text messages to farmers, the radio programmes on awareness campaigns, the use of pictorial to facilitate understanding on the fall army worm.
He further urged farmers across the country to collaborate with ministry of food and agriculture in their districts for more education and sensitization on the fight against the fall army worm.
Meanwhile scores of farmers in the Northern region due to the lack of knowledge on measures to fight the fall army worms resulted to the usage of pepper, dirty oil and other unapprove method of preventing the worms.