Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is now an endemic pest in Ghana and will continue to pose a serious threat to food security and livelihood of thousands of smallholder maize farmers. Surveillance reports indicate pockets of Fall Armyworm (FAW) infestations on maize planted in low land and irrigated fields in some districts in Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Western regions.
Farmers are being informed to monitor their fields frequently just after seed emergence for early detection of signs and symptoms of FAW infestation and implement the necessary management options at the vulnerable stages of the larvae
Farmers and general public are to report FAW infestations to the nearest Department of Agric. Office, Agricultural Extension Agents or PPRSD Head Office, Pokuase, Accra for advice by providing the following information:
- Location: District/Community
- Date and time of observation
- Estimated area infested
As part of corporate social responsibility, TV Stations, FM Radio Stations and Community Information Centers are kindly requested to create awareness of the presence of FAW and its threat to food security and the livelihood of smallholder farmers in maize producing communities in Ghana.
Plant Protection & Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) / Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Accra
Hotlines: 0261274671 / 0244951912