June 1, 2018

Eradicating leaf miner infestation: GEPA provides support

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) as part of its mandate to identify, develop and promote non-traditional products to the international market has provided financial support to eradicate leaf miner infestations on some oil palm plantations in the Ashanti region.

As a measure to control the leaf miner devastation on some oil palm plantations, and also stop further spreading of the disease to other plantations in the district and the region, GEPA under the leadership of Hon. Gifty Klenam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO),  has released funds to the Oil Palm Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to spray about 1,100 acres of leaf miner infested oil palm plantations in the Ejisu Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti region.

Leaf miner has devastating effects on the yield of oil palm, which invariably affects the export performance of processed oil palm to the international market.

Leaf miner infestations dry majority of the lower fronds, reducing photosynthetic materials available to the plant resulting in low yields and the likely collapse of the palm tree and the plantation as a whole.

 

Oil palm plantation in Ashanti region heavily infested with leaf miner.

 

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