Praia, Nov 7 (Inforpress) – Agronomist Oumar Barry has defended the need for farmers and responsible to come together as a group in order to be more effective in combating the corn armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) nationwide.
He was speaking to reporters in Praia, on the fringes of the School/Campus Facilitator Training for Producer (CEP) / Corn armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) funded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The training, which aims to improve the capacity of facilitators in integrated caterpillar management in maize production through appropriate CEP programs, is addressed to 20 participants, including rural extension agents and CEP facilitators, who are responsible for training producers.
“Our expectation is to improve the situation by strengthening the capacity of the facilitators who in turn will improve the capacity of farmers,” he emphasized. The corn armyworm continues to conquer new territories outside sub-Saharan Africa, where it has causing damages in all countries except Lesotho.
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