ACCRA– The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has provided financial support to the Oil Palm Research Institute to tackle leaf miner infestation of oil palm plantations in Ashanti Region (Province).
It has released 88,260 cedis (about 18,600 US dollars) to aid the spraying of about 1,100 acres (about 445 hectares) of plantations attacked by the pests in Ejisu Juaben Municipality.
The GEPA said in a statement here Tuesday that the measure were aimed at controlling the devastation and at stopping its spread, in line with its mandate to identify, develop and promote non-traditional products for the international market
Leaf miner disease has devastating effects on the yield of oil palms, which invariably affects the export performance of processed palm oil to the international market.
The insect pests cause the lower fronds of the palm to wither, reducing photosynthetic materials available to the plant resulting in low yields and the likely collapse of the palm tree and the plantation as a whole.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK