Officials of the Jomoro District office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), have sprayed the 10 hectares coconut plantation being destroyed by insects at Appolonu near Half Assini.
The District Director of MOFA, Mr Kenneth Addai Boadu who made this known to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Half-Assini indentified the insects as “Hemophilus Catori”.
He said the MOFA officers were assisted by officials from the National Mosquito Control Programme of Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
He stated that the spraying machines were donated by the Member of Parliament for the area, Wing Commander Francis Kabenlah Anaman (Retired), while the exercise was funded by the District Assembly.
Mr Boadu said the fringes of the affected coconut plantations have been sprayed to prevent the insects from spreading.
He appealed to the affected farmers to weed under their plantations to ensure easy and effective spraying.
The insects invaded Appolonu on the Ghanaian- Cote d’Ivoire border about three weeks ago, destroying about 10 hectares of coconut plantations in the area.
Coconut is the life blood of people in the Nzema area.
The insects cause the fresh fruits of the coconuts to drop prematurely, thus affecting yield.