The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has assured citizens of Grand Bassa County that it will do all it can to combat caterpillar worms and prevent them from spreading to other parts of the county.
The ministry said it regrets the resurfacing of the dangerous worms which are destroying crops and polluting creeks in the county.
Speaking to the Daily Observer over the weekend, MOA County Coordinator Madan Joyce Kovah said her ministry is committed to combating the pest that is rampaging eight villages in Belour Ward (St. John River City) in Glakon Statutory District No.2. The affected villages are Momo, Lee, Gussin, Jerky, Passin, Zeegar, Alice and Daydeh Sletewein.
The ministry is also determined to make sure that the lives and properties of the inhabitants of the affected villages are protected against the caterpillars, she said.
She said after news of the presence of caterpillar worms reached the MOA, the ministry conducted an investigation and provided the appropriate chemicals to destroy the worms.
However, Madam Kovah revealed that poor road networks, lack of bridges over large creeks, and the lack of canoes to cross major rivers are hampering efforts to continue the fight against the caterpillars.
‘’This situation has temporally ceased our battle, but we are hoping to continue as soon as the rainy season ceases and the dry season begins,” she said.
St. John River City Mayor Erasmus Addy recently sent a report on the outbreak of caterpillar worms in Grand Bassa to County Superintendent Joseph Levi Demmah.
Superintendent Demmah quickly appealed to the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Agriculture, Health, and partners for their support.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker of the affected villages, Rep. Mary Mincemeat Karwor, has provided hundreds of bags of mineral water for the affected inhabitants because the caterpillars have polluted the drinking water sources of these villages.