Croplife Ghana

"CropLife Ghana is the association of agrochemical importers and distributors in Ghana. It is currently made up of 16 major agrochemical companies and counting. CropLife Ghana controls about 90% of the fertilizer market as well as about 75% of the crop protection product (CPP) market."

Friday, 19 July 2019

CropLife Ghana sensitizes smallholder farmers on agrochemical anti-counterfeiting in Greater Accra and Volta Regions respectively

Section of vegetable farmers trained in Battor, Volta Region

Group picture of farmers at Kojo Ashong, Amasaman in Greater Accra
CLG Banner on impact of anti-counterfeiting
 
Demonstration on faked agrochemicals by member company of CLG
CropLife Ghana organized anti-counterfeiting sensitization and responsible uses training for over 300 farmers in Amasaman and Battor in the Greater Accra and Volta Regions repectively on the 19th June 2019 and 10th July 2019 respectively. The main objective of the workshop is

1.     To introduce the Quality, registered and approved pesticides and fertilizers of CropLife Ghana members to the farmers to enable them avoid use of counterfeit/fake, unregistered, unapproved and above all untested agrochemicals in their farms;

2.     Encourage the farmers to use the pesticides and fertilizers responsibly for effective and efficient results;

·         The workshops were to sensitize over 200 vegetable and maize farmers on issues of agrochemical counterfeiting and their effect on national revenue and economy at large;

·         The workshop was used to indicate to the vegetable and maize farmers about the economic ruins caused by patronizing illegitimate agrochemical products

·         The farmers were encouraged to purchase agrochemical products from only accredited shops and not on moving trucks and vans during market days;

·         The farmers were sensitized to as much as possible look out for the logos of the CropLife Ghana member companies to ascertail their use of approved, registere quality agrochemical product;

·         The farmers were sensitized to always collect receipts after purchasing agrochemicals to follow-up with the companies if something goes wrong;

·         The workshop was also used to sensitize the farmers about agrochemical products that have been mimicked and labels altered for them to be aware and stick to the correct approved product;

·         The farmers were trained to read the label/instruction at all times before applying the agrochemical;

·         Farmers were trained on checking the pre and post harvest intervals of an agrochemical product before applying;

·         The farmers were informed to use only CropLife Ghana member products to avoid use of unregistered and unapproved agrochemical s

·         Farmers were sensitized on wearing the appropriate PPEs, using the appropriate nozzles for spraying, as well as triple rinsing and slashing the empty pesticide containers before storing them in jute sacks in the farms;

·         Farmers were sensitized to deposit their gathered empty pesticide containers at the nearest MoFA District Office for eventual collection by CropLife Ghana.

·         A total of ove 200 vegetable and maize farmers participated in the 2 workshops in Greater Accra and Volta Regions respectively;
Ø  Topics covered included the following:

-       What is counterfeit and illegal pesticide

-       Identifying counterfeit products

-       Effectsv of counterfeit agrochemical products on the economy

-       Reading of pesticide label

-       Wearing appropriate PPEs

-       Container Management (Triple Rinsing, etc)


Ø  Way Forward:

-       Intensify farmer sensitization on issues of agrochemical counterfeiting across the country

-       Extend sensitization on responsible uses of agrochemicals amongst farming communities across the country.