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Govt, farmers urged to collaborate to fight fall armyworm

By: Maclean Kwofi
Ms Yoki Tee-Koduah (middle), the Project Lead for Agrihouse Foundation, receiving the cheque from Mr Mark Douglas (right)
Ms Yoki Tee-Koduah (middle), the Project Lead for Agrihouse Foundation, receiving the cheque from Mr Mark Douglas (right)

The Country Manager of Dizengoff Ghana Limited, Mr Mark Douglas, has called for a stronger collaboration between the government and farmers to help fight the fall armyworm infestation.

He explained that a better understanding of how the pests formed and destroyed farms was crucial to help stakeholders develop a strategy which would stop the destruction by the worms.

At a media briefing ahead of this year’s Pre-harvest Exhibition and Conference inflation problem­ in Accra, Mr Douglas said the fall armyworm had a three-year solution process that a farmer needed to follow in order to annihilate any pests that resurfaced on a farm.

“To address the fall armyworm infestation, you cannot spray once and think it has been addressed because the eggs will be under the ground and they will hatch and come out the following year; so constant spraying in this situation is crucial.

“But we have a product in the market which is more effective to address the fall armyworm. Some commercial farmers have used it and have great testimonies about it,” he added.

The country is estimated to have lost about US$64 million through the fall armyworm infestation.

The pests, detected in the country some two years ago, have since attacked more than 20,000 hectares of farms nationwide. 

Sponsorship package
Meanwhile, Dizengoff Ghana presented a cheque of GH¢10,000 in support of the annual Pre-harvest Exhibition and Conference.

Presenting the cheque, Mr Douglas stated that the company was happy to support the pre-harvest event using its integrated solutions with the ultimate variety of products for the agricultural value chain.

He explained that Dizengoff Ghana, a subsidiary of Balton CP Limited of Watford England, had been operating in Ghana for over 61 years providing integrated solution in the fields of communication, infrastructure, energy, agriculture and public health.

“Our experience and expertise in providing integrated solutions with the ultimate variety of products we supply has made Dizengoff Ghana a one-stop shop for the satisfaction of our customer’s needs.”

He said the company supplied products manufactured under quality control with state-of-the-art technology which, together with its after-sales services, provides the requisite solution and backup support that customers rely on for efficient engineering, installation and maintenance.

He indicated that the company had over the years gained a strong foothold in the market as a leader in agricultural and public health products.

Organisers are grateful
The Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, the organisers of the pre-harvest event, Ms Alberta Nana Akyea Akosa, was grateful to Dizengoff Ghana for the support and praised them for the decision to be a part of the success story of agribusiness in the county.
She explained that the sponsorship package would go a long way in organising a successful event.

She entreated other companies and institutions operating in the agricultural value chain in Ghana to follow the good example of Dizengoff Ghana by lending their support, adding that the event was one of the biggest platforms for the convergence of all stakeholders in the agriculture sector and, therefore, created the biggest opportunity for business development among others.

The event
The Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibition and Conference is an annual interventional event that brings together stakeholders in the agriculture sector from both the public and private sectors to establish business relationships and discuss contracts, as well as explore and exploit other growth opportunities in the sector.

It features key activities such as training programmes, workshops, field demonstrations, exhibitions among others. This year’s edition is scheduled for October 3 to 5, 2018 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale, the Northern regional capital.