Gov't rubbishes farmers' demands for compensation

By Maame Aba Afful
Affected farmer's demand compensation
Affected farmer's demand compensation

Government has rubbished demands for compensation by some farmers in the North who say their farms were destroyed by the recent army worm invasion.

The farmers say the fumigation of their farms by government only weakened the worms, but never got rid of them. According to them, they cannot survive on the proceeds from this year's harvest due to the destruction caused.

However, the claims by the farmers contradict the position of the minister of food and agriculture who has been flaunting government’s success in destroying the army worms.

Speaking in a radio interview, Deputy Agric Minister,  William Agyapong Quaitoo stated that the recent claims of the farmers are strange because the problem of army worms was dealt with earlier on.

"Anyone in the North who says his farm was destroyed by animals will have to prove it, it is a way of taking money from government, we have been asking for proof and no one has been able to prove it…..if you are able to prove it you will be compensated” he added.

Over 20, 000 hectares of farmlands have been devastated by the army worms across the country.

Farmers are on record to have stated that weak pesticides used in spraying affected farms, rather caused the invasion to balloon compelling some to use a cocktail of soap and pepper as a better option to fight the invasion.

But, with the army worms still around, the Farmers say any decision not to compensate them will be heartless on the part of government.

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