Building capacity among farmers on Papaya mealbug management
In 2009 papaya plants in Ghana were attacked by an unknown mealybug which severely devastated the papaya plants both on the cultivated fields and those in the wild. Many farms in Eastern, Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions were devastated by the new invasive mealybug.
Papaya cultivation is one of the main sources of income in most rural communities where women play a key role in agriculture production. With the invasion by the mealybug, it was estimated that 85% of the farms in Eastern, Central, Great Accra and Volta regions were destroyed by this persistent species (Paracoccus Marginatus) causing average yield loss of 65%....[read more]