Government’s promise to eliminate the incidence of Fall Armyworm invasion is not realistic, Crop Scientist at the University of Cape Coast Dr. Michael OseiAdu has said.
Dr. Adu is also chastising the Ministry of Agriculture for what he says was a "panic reaction" to the Fall Armyworm invasion which has affected farms in all 10 regions of the country.
When the outbreak was first reported, the government announced the release of 16 million cedis for the purchase of chemicals for distribution to farmers as a move to control the pests.
But Dr. Michael Adu is not impressed. “This one, it seems to me it was more of a panic response. So, we have not taken the three things I pointed out earlier into consideration. Did we actually think of how they move, how they breathe and how they feed before fashioning out the policy? Because if we are just giving out chemicals for spraying, have there been training?” Dr. Adu quizzed.