Actively fighting counterfeit pesticides, setting up a well working container management program, rolling out the Spray Service Providers (SSP) concept in vegetables, and building new partnerships: these are just a few of the objectives formulated for 2017 by the secretariat of CropLife Ghana. The ambitions were formulated during a planning session that took place on 18 January 2017 at the offices of CropLife Ghana in Accra.
The session was attended by CropLife Ghana staff, Fred Boampong (Project Coordinator), Eric Aboagye (Field Coordinator), and training consultants Bob Adjakloe (who is also in charge of container and obsolete stocks management), Juliet Biney and Gabby Dake of Agric Support & More. The session was facilitated by Manon Dohmen with the support of her assistant Rhoda Lartey.
To get a better idea of what is going on in the pesticide sector in Ghana and to analyze the role that CropLife Ghana is playing, or should be playing, the group started by listing all stakeholders in the pesticide sector, including policy makers, research institutes, technical partners, crop buying companies, producers, input suppliers, certification schemes, and service providers.
For every actor, discussion focused on what their main mandate or task is, related to the many aspects of pesticides, including responsible use, container management, and anti-counterfeiting activities. Following this, the group looked at what type of collaboration CropLife Ghana has with the respective actor, and what type of collaboration CropLife Ghana would like to have with them.
From the analysis, it became clear that anti-counterfeiting activities are high on the agenda of many organizations but that real action on the ground, in terms of confiscation of counterfeit products, does not happen frequently. In addition, despite several awareness creation campaigns, many actors still do not fully grasp the consequences of (using) counterfeit pesticides. Therefore, there is a need for CropLife Ghana to step up its engagement in fighting counterfeit pesticides.
Another program that came out of the discussion is container management. CropLife Ghana has made several attempts to set up a scheme but none of them have worked out as it should. Member company, Wynca Sunshine is actively collecting empty containers and recycles these into new containers and application equipment, but they only accept back their own containers. CropLife Ghana wants to engage the technical support of CropLife Africa Middle East to look at other possibilities.
The SSP concept has since its introduction in Ghana, in 2013 been embraced by farmers and several partner organizations. For 2017, CropLife Ghana wants to consider the possibility of introducing the concept into vegetables. New partnerships with organizations active in the vegetable sector will be sought to make this a reality.
Manon Mireille Dohmen