Pest and Insect Infestation

Introduction

The Pest and Insect Infestation Department was set up to deal with problems associated with pest and insect disasters. NADMO recognizes that apart from water, the occurrence of pests, diseases and weeds is considered to be the next most important constraint to increasing food production.  

Pests are organisms that cause harm to man, his crops, livestock and other possessions.  Pest include; insects, nematodes, vertebrate animals, weeds, viruses, bacteria and disease-causing fungi. The damage they cause directly or indirectly may run into thousands of Ghana cedis annually. Therefore destabilizing lots of families especially people who depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

The hazard types that the department has dealt with over the year include; Insects such as Armyworm, Locust (Grasshoppers), Larger Grain Borer,Cape St. Paul’s Wilt (COCONUT TREE,) Cassava Mealybug ,Pawpaw Mealybug, Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus, Blackpod disease of cocoa, Pawpaw Mealybug, Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus, Blackpod disease of cocoa, Weeds Invasive Aquatic Weeds mostly Algal Bloom and Abuse and Misuse of Pesticides

Functions of the Department

  • The department serves as the secretariat of the Pest and Insect Infestations Disasters  Technical Committee
  • Coordinate the activities of the Committee and facilitate the implementation of the plans and programmes of the committee
  • The committee is charged with the drawing up of plans and programmes for the management of pest and insect related disasters.These involve: Training, Preparedness planning and vulnerability reduction and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency response programmes

 Activities of the Department

Some of the major emergencies the department has dealt with are:

  • Armyworm outbreak, Outbreak of variegated grasshopper, African Swine Fever, Anthrax, Wild Snails,  Tomato Wilt Disease, Algal Bloom, Water Hyacinth (RIVER TANO) W/R, Avian Influenza
  • For the past years we have dealt with outbreak of Armyworm in Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Volta and Northern Regions. Nadmo in collaboration with the MoFA (PPRSD) helped to contain the outbreak.
  • A workshop was organized to educate farmers in the Offinso District on the Use and Abuse of Pesticides, since it has a potential to cause serious health problems to farmers and consumers of vegetables.
  • The department has collaborated with the Vetenary Services Department to contain disease outbreak in animals especially Anthrax, African swine fever and Avian Influenza.
  • Anthrax immunization exercise was organized for livestock farmers in the Upper East, Upper West and the Northern Region.  
  • Anytime there is an outbreak of pest or disease members are called upon to assess and offer technical advice. The general public is then informed an educated through radio, TV and public fora.

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