Hundreds of cashew farmers in the Dormaa Ahenkro of the Bono region have lost hope of their bumper harvest as strange rhinoceros beetle insects have destroyed thousands of their cashew plants.
Their hope to enjoy their labour in the coming cashew season is almost lost unless immediate strategic measures are applied to halt the canker.
Some farmers call the insects devilish pest due to the manner they chop around the trunk of the cashew plants to fall down within a short time.
The victim farmers say they had not yet identified any chemical to control them. They are compelled to climb the cashew plants to pick the pest by hand.
A reliable source of information indicates, the two major producers of cashew in Ghana, Jaman south and north are also facing similar pest infestation.
Apart from the pest infestation and natural climatic conditions affecting cashew farmers, their product has no fixed price. A kilo which was been sold at 7 cedis in 2017 decreased to 2 cedis in 2018.
The future of the cashew farmers after many years of been pleaded with the government for the fixed price is still hopeless.