-An Executive of the Ghana Agricultural Workers Union has warned of severe food shortage by December 2017
-He indicated that the efforts of Government is not enough to control the fall army worm outbreak
-He revealed that over 100,000 hectares of land have been plagued by the outbreak.
The General Secretary of the Ghana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Mr. Edward Kariweh has warned that if government does not thread cautiously, there is going to be a shortage of food in the country by December this year.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM on the business segment, the General Secretary said that the fall army worm invasion was being underestimated by the government and the sector Minister.
He indicated that unlike what was earlier reported, the hectares that have been affected are for more than the numbers that the government has recorded.
He said that the official government report puts the damaged stretch of land at 20,000 hectares. However, independent checks carried out by the Union revealed that over 100,000 hectares of land had been affected by the epidemic.
He added that the government is currently working on the speculated 20,000 hectares of land whereas many more hectares are in dire need of redemption owing to the fall army worm invasion which has badly affected farm produce.
He told Joy Business that the rate of the destruction was going to plunge the country into a food shortage crisis in the next few months.
He therefore called on the government to declare a state of emergency so that pragmatic measures could be taken to eradicate the epidemic in the shortest time possible.
When the invasion first broke out, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto the Agriculture Minister indicated that the outbreak was under control. He added that some spraying efforts were being done to take care of the outbreak.
Mr. Edward Kariweh confirmed that there were some spraying of farmlands ongoing but indicated that more efforts needed to be put in to address the issue.
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