Expert advocates neem oil as a biological pesticide

Neem seed oil could be used as a pesticide to control pests

As an expert in farm inputs and crop protection for the Market-Oriented Agricultural Program-North West (MOAP-NW), Mr. Emile Aman has encouraged farmers in the Upper West Region to use neem oil as an organic pesticide for their crops.

He said neem seed powder could also be used as a fertilizer additive to improve absorption, while neem seed oil could be used as a pesticide for any type of crop for preventive measures.

“The neem oil insecticide is often a good solution when insects or mites are disturbing your plants. Neem oil is made from neem seeds and is very healthy for the crops, so I encourage farmers to use it effectively to save the crop, “he said.

Mr Aman spoke of a neem processing facility set up by his team in Wa on Friday when the Regional Program Coordination Unit (PCU) of the European Union’s Ghana Agriculture Program (EU-GAP) visited some EU-GAP project sites in the region .

The visit should give the project implementers the opportunity to assess and discuss the work progress and the results achieved so far and to strengthen the existing relationships between the project and the beneficiary community and district assemblies (MDAs) in the region.

He said the project was born out of an effort to reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and their harmful effects on the environment and human life.

Mr. Aman stated that the project, which is still in the pilot phase in 14 select counties and parishes in the MOAP-NW operating areas in the Upper West, Savannah and North East regions, would help create jobs for women who the neem seeds would collect to feed the processing plants.

EU-GAP PCU technical advisor, Mr Joseph Apeeliga, added that quarterly monitoring was necessary so that the PCU could determine for itself the nature of the projects being carried out and their potential benefits for the respective MDAs.

He indicated that the projects visited were under MOAP-NW and Resilient Against Climate Change (REACH) under EU-GAP.

Mr Apeeliga stated that the PCU was an advisory body with oversight responsibility for the implementation of the EU CAP program and that its members came from the relevant agencies and departments in the beneficiary regions.

The team attended an e-learning project at the Jirapa community assembly under the REACH project, a rice mill at Antika Company Ltd, and a neem crop protector facility at the regional department of agriculture under the MOAP-NW Project.

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