GHANA – The Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) of the Ghana Western Region Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) partnered with Agri Plus to train CHED Officials, cocoa farmers and other stakeholders on the use of the newly introduced anti-capsid (Akate) insecticide aimed to increases cocoa yield.

Transform Akate is a trademark for ISOCLAST Active, a new foliar-applied sap-feeding insecticide for control of a wide range of sap-feeding pests, is being manufactured Corteva Agriscience.

‘Transform Akate’ according to information available had undergone series of test and was initially piloted in the Ashanti Region with a great deal of success informing its extension and application in the Western Region.

It is however expected to be extended to all cocoa-growing communities in the country, reports Ghanaweb.

The Western South Manager of the Cocoa Health And Extension Division, Samuel Ankamah Asare stated the training was to make farmers and officers responsible for the spraying of the anti-capsid insecticide to become more conversant with the instructions and the need for them to adhere to the instructions on the usage of the product for maximum yield in cocoa per acre.

He explained CHED is going to encourage the mass spraying teams to make sure it goes down well to the farms as far as cocoa production is concerned

Sales and Marketing Manager for Agri Plus, Stephen Appiah Yeboah avers the product had undergone ten-year research and testing and thus provides a perfect solution to fighting capsid, black pod diseases and other insect infestations in cocoa.

He disclosed that the product, unlike other insecticides, is environmentally friendlier with excellent knockdown and residual efficacy.

Mr Appiah Yeboah added, “it supports the flowering of the cocoa plant, by isolating beneficial insects that support the natural reproduction of plants, and only attack the infectious ones.”

Mr Appiah Yeboah continued that the company has a team of technical and extension officers to compliment that of COCOBOD to enhance the application of the insecticides and its resulting outcome.

“What we have as a strategy which is to work in line with the structure of COCOBOD to ensure that the dose rate is gotten right. We have our extension agents who work with the extension officers of COCOBOD and the communities, engage with the farmers, educate them on the application of this product” he said.