Army worm invasion: Food shortage and price hikes expected-Ashanti MOFA Director

There will be a drop in food production in Ghana due to army worm attack. Food prices are also expected to go up.

This is according to the Ashanti regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA); Mr. Joseph Faalong.

He however explains that Ghanaians are not supposed to be alarmed because the impact will not be so huge as to cause hunger and starvation.

He was speaking in an interview with Kumasi based journalist Richmond Frimpong on the sidelines of a regional review programme organised by MOFA to assess their programmes predominantly the Planting for food and jobs as well as the fertilizer subsidy programme.

Already,Government has released GHC15 million for the control and management of Fall Army Worm (FAW) infestation of farms in the country.

Part of the funds would be used to purchase pesticides and other part for provision of logistics for a task force to combat and minimise the level of infestation.

Ghana experienced the infestation of the FAW in all parts of the country, except in the Western Region, in 2016, leading to the destruction of approximately 4,052 hectares of maize and cowpea fields.

The FAW has also destroyed about 1,370 hectares of maize and cowpea fields in April, this year.

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