Farmers advised to insure farms


.Dr Timothy D. Sindim, Lambussie District Director of Food and Agriculture
has appealed to farmers to consider insuring their farms against disasters.

He said the activities
of the fall army worm and other disasters such floods and bushfires could cause
farmers heavy losses and insurance could be an alternative way of surviving.

The activities of the
fall army worm has now become a national issue and collective effort is needed
to control the spread of the worm, he said.

Dr Sindim was
addressing some traditional rulers, queen mothers, Assembly members and rural
women farmers at Care International-Ghana “Pathways Project” workshop to
deliberate on “Constraints facing women in the agricultural sector” held at
Piina in the Lambussie District.

He urged communities
to form spraying gangs to spray the worms, targeting where the worms lodged in
the crops.

He said the farming
season had just started in the district and currently several of the worms were
found on grasses and farmers should be on the lookout and report the incidence
of the worm in their farms to the agricultural agents.

Farmers should consider
also use pulverised nim tree leaves and seeds to spread on their crops as
emergency protection to ward off the worm before looking for chemicals to
control the worms.

Dr Sindim advised
farmers to regularly monitor the activities of the worm early mornings, late
afternoon or early evening.

They should also check
crop leaves for signs of damage and signs of dropping of the armyworm as well
as informing neighbours about the presence of worm and report signs of damage
or presence of the worm to agriculture extension officers.

He also advised
farmers to plough old affected fields to expose cocoons to predators.

On the “Planting for
Food and Jobs programme”, he said the programme was to help address the food
insecurity challenges in the country and government had identified maize,
soyabean rice sorghum and vegetables, whose production could lead to food
security and raise incomes.

He appealed to farmers
to register with Agriculture Extension Officers to benefit from the programme
and however warned that a committee would monitor the farms of beneficiaries
and anyone who lied about the number of acreages to profit from the programme
would be punished.

Dr Sindim encouraged
dry season gardeners to register with the programme saying the registration had
no time limit.

Madam Gladys Assibi
Tiah, Care Internation-Ghana Gender Advisor at Pathways Project, said the
workshop was to identify some of the constraints facing women peasant farmers
in the agricultural sector with the view to addressing them to give women farmers’
opportunities to increase food production.

The forum was also to
raise awareness about the fall army worm among farmers in the area to control
the spread of the worms, which destructive pattern could cause food shortage.

Madam Tiah advised
women beneficiaries of the Planting for Food and Jobs project not to give their
share of fertilizers to their husbands to apply on the farms as against their
own farms.

She reminded the women
that the project was not a “Father Christmas project” but that beneficiaries
were going to pay later for the fertilizers provided them.


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