Food Security Invasive army worms threaten annual harvest in Volta Region

According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the hardest hit farms in the Volta Region are in the towns of Ashanti-Kpoeta, Akome, Hlefi and Abutia–Kpota.

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Crop yields under attack

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Crop yields in the Volta Region of Ghana are set to hit an all-time low as army worms continue on their destructive path.

Army worms have spread across east and southern Africa to the west of the continent and threatens food security on a continent that is already food insecure.

According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the hardest hit farms in the Volta Region are in the towns of Ashanti-Kpoeta, Akome, Hlefi and Abutia–Kpota.

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Invasive army worms threaten annual harvest in Volta Region

 

Graphic Online reports that acres of maize farms in these area have been hit with the pest infestation. Maize is a staple for many in the region and across the country. The farmers lament about the losses that have already been incurred and the high cost of pesticides to fight the army worms.

Despite being called worms, the pest are actually moths and can feed on all types of cereals including maize, millet and sorghum.