The Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), has introduced and launched a new anti-Capsid (Akate) insecticide to cocoa farmers in the Ashanti region to aid increased cocoa yield.
Speaking at the inauguration, the director of Cocoa health extension Division-Cocobod Mr Samuel Amponsah said, ‘Transform Akate,’ the new product would help battle the age-long Capsid infestation known in local parlance as ‘Akate’ and other destructive insect borers that swarm pre-harvest cocoa farms and attack stems, branches, pods and beans. He added that, ‘Transform Akate’ had undergone series of tests at the Cocoa Research Institute at Bunso in the Eastern Region during the last two years.
The training was organized by COCOBOD in collaboration with the Corteva Company Ltd. and AgriPlus Ltd. in Ghana, manufactures and distributors of ‘Transform Akate’.
He said the new insecticide has proven to have high potency and assured of its safety to the user farmer, the cocoa plant and the environment.
“The product with its active ingredient ‘Isoclast’ has been produced based on strong innovations, research and development in the agricultural sector and has the ability to break the resistance of ‘Akate’ and other harmful insects that affect the cocoa farms and undermine maximum yield”, he added.
“The product has no harmful effects on useful insects such as the bees; it has no toxic effect on fish and mammals and has a very fast degradation with a half-life of less than a day.
He added that, the product has a favorable profile as compared to other insecticides on the market which contains ‘Clothianidin’ and ‘Imidacloprid’ with longer shelf lives of 800 days and 750 days respectively’’, he added.
“We don’t want the quality of the Ghanaian cocoa beans to be compromised in any way on the local and international markets, so that the livelihood and businesses of our farmers would be sustained,’ he emphasized. He then cautioned the farmers and all others who would be responsible for the distribution against selling of the product, warning that offenders would face prosecution.
Mr. Stephen Appiah Yeboah, the Sales and Marketing Manager of AgriPlus Ltd. urged CHED and the Cocoa Diseases and Pests Control Programme (CODAPEC) of the COCOBOD, to strengthen coordination in the distribution of the product to the farmers and also facilitate assessment of their feedback in order to sustain gains.
He also urged the farmers to adhere to all necessary instructions with regard to product usage.
Source Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)