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FCT Agric Secretariat Empowers Farmers to Tackle Fall Army Worm

To address the menace of Fall Army Worm (FAW), the FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) has trained over 250 FCT farmers on how to tackle the invasive insect pest called Fall Army Worm (FAW) .

Mandate Secretary, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim said empowering the farmers with the requite knowledge on how to overcome the pest, would help increase awareness that would assist the farmers to do all that is needed to improve their production towards attaining food security.

The Secretary, represented by the Director of Administration And Finance (DAF), Ishaq Sadeeq, hinted that the farmers were taught how to identify, manage and control FAW in FCT.

He assured that the Secretariat would do everything within the available resources to make sure that it supports the programme to change food narrative in the FCT.

“So if nothing is done, 100% of farmlands or whatever they produce, will go completely off, that’s why we are really giving them all the support and sensitisation needed.

“And what we are doing is engaging representatives of farmers across the six area councils.

In her welcome address, Co-ordinator Ad-hoc Committee on Fall Army Worm( FAW) and Director, Agric Services, Mrs Francisca Ihekadu, noted that the presence of FAW portends danger to food security, which was why there is a global action for its management and control.

He encouraged farmers to plant maize when rain has established in the month of July, 2022.

Similarly, National Coordinator Project for FAW, Dr. Adeleke Adetunji, described the sensitisation of farmers as timely and apt towards ensuring that the prevalence of FAW is effectively managed in the territory.

By Remi Johnson

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