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Surveillance and identification of the Fall Armyworm

The Plant Protection Services of DoA in collaboration with the FAO on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 organised a three day training of trainers at the Paradise Suites hotel in Kololi.

The training aims at building the capacities of extension and NARI staff on surveillance and identification of the Fall Armyworm.

Speaking at the opening of the program, the Director of Plant Protection Services, Mr. Landing Sonko highlighted the purpose of the convergence which is to sensitize extension staff on the emergence of a new pest called Fall Armyworm that might threatens food security in the Gambia. He said it is a training of trainers and participants should know what is expected of them and what should be done. He gave them assurance that, they would be equipped with a lot of information from the able resource persons.

Dr. Mustapha Ceesay of FAO for his part said that this training is an emergency mission prompted by the emergence of the fall armyworm in south and eastern Africa two years ago. This has threatened the food security of countries affected. Confirmed cases have been recently found in the Gambia and the need for quick actions to control its menace.

Dr. Ceesay further pointed out that the Fall Army worm destroys fields that it invades and late detection makes it impossible to control.

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