ACCRA, The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has refuted claims GH 20 million was spent procuring wrong chemicals to fight armyworms invading farms in the country.
The story, which is sourced to the NDC MP for Bongo, Hon. Edward Bawa is not only misleading but also full of propaganda and a calculated attempt to indignify the image and reputation of the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the ministry said in a statement.
Bawa had claimed that Akoto spent on wrong pesticides to combat the armyworms ravaging farms and suggested that the failure to procure the right chemicals could explain the widespread of the armyworms.
But MoFA has said the amount earmarked by Government to fight the invasion of the armyworms is less than the amount claimed by Bawa.
The Finance Ministry released an amount of GH 16 million of the fight, out of which GH 15.815 million was released to MoFA.
The Ministry also assures that a holistic assessment of the army worm situation will indicate progress in the fight.
A National Taskforce for the control and management of the invasion of armyworms was constituted to distribute free pesticides to farmers in the hardest hit areas.
MOFA will like to state emphatically that reports from across the length and breadth of the country indicate massive progress in the fight against the armyworms. It must be pointed out that the progress being in the fight against these ‘alien’ pests cannot be limited to one, two or three districts but must rather be seen from a general perspective. MOFA is very hopeful that at the end of the day the country will witness bumper harvests in all the major crops including maize, sorghum, soyabean and rice.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK