Aug 09, 2020 Letters Comments Off on Agriculture minister urgently needed in Region Two to address paddy bug crisis
There is a looming crisis facing the rice farmers in Region Two. The dreaded paddy bugs are swarming in abandoned fields waiting to destroy the rice crop which is flowering at this time. Farmers are complaining that with the new Government just sworn in, the personnel attached to GRDB seems disoriented and are not responding to pleas from farmers to do something to eradicate these bugs before the paddy fields produce grains, only to be damaged by the bugs.
Sir, it is no secret that the past administration had no clear policy via GRDB to assist farmers in the control of paddy bugs. Hopefully, that has changed from now.
By the time the president’s quick assessment team would have reached to GRDB it would be too late to save the rice crop from the paddy bugs in Region 2. I would like to appeal to you, as the newly appointed minister of Agriculture to visit region 2 urgently to discuss a strategy with the GRDB personnel and farmers to tackle the eradication of the paddy bugs there. Farmers are of the opinion that a window of opportunity existed to nip this impending crisis in the bud, if immediate action is taken.
Cde Minister, it is no secret that the paddy bugs infestation is the most devastating factor that threatens the survival of farmers and the rice industry. Damage done by paddy bugs impacts negatively on both the quantity and quality of the rice crop. In this regard the farmers in Region 2 are expecting a speedy response from you Sir.
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