On Friday, 16th of June 2017, CropLife Ghana in collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Plant Protection & Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MoFA), organized a one-day workshop at the Miklin Hotel, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to address the quality of agrochemicals (Pesticides and Fertilizers) imported into Ghana.
All importers of agrochemical products in Ghana especially in the Ashanti Region, and including member companies of CropLife Ghana were invited for this important workshop.
EPA, the regulatory agency responsible for the registration of pesticides into the country, used the workshop to announce new measures they have adopted to improve the importation of only quality agrochemicals into the country. The measures amongst others include the following:
1. EPA would now only accept dossiers from manufacturing companies, and not from import/export companies;
2. All importers of agrochemicals to belong to an association;
3. Data on all imported agrochemicals sold and quantities left to be collected henceforth;
4. Importers to distribute agrochemicals to only certified input-dealers in Ghana;
5.Tracking of all pesticide dealers in Ghana to improve greater accountability for input-dealers;
6. All retailers of agrochemicals would be certified and uniformed/attired for easy identification;
Mr. Lawrence Alato of PPRSD/MoFA sensitized importers on the Fertilizer Act and admonished them to comply by the rules or face the consequences of the law.
|Group picture of a section of the importers at the workshop|
|Mr. Joe Edmund of CCMC/EPA presenting guidelines for enforcement|
|Mr. F.B. Boampong, Prog. Manager of CL Ghana on his presentation|
|Mr. W. Kotey, Prez of CL Ghana giving his opening remarks|