A one-day workshop to improve the knowledge and skills of some selected farmers on the effective and efficient uses and the identification of counterfeited and sub-standard pesticides and fertilizers, was held for 55 farmers at the MoFA District Office in the Sogakope district of the Volta Region on Wednesday, 30th May 2018. They are mostly maize and vegetable farmers. This training was planned in the wake of a recent pesticide poisoning case recorded in the suburbs of Sogakope community due to lack of knowledge with regards to the responsible uses of pesticides.
This training is one of the 4 trainings targeted amongst selected areas in the country for 2018.
The training was facilitated by a retired MoFA Officer, Mr. Bob Adjakloe, who is also a CropLife Ghana Trainer. He facilitated the program in the local dialect, ewe.
The 55 selected farmers were advised to use only CropLife Ghana member products because of their quality and also it being approved by the regulatory organs. They were advised that, use of CropLife Ghana member products prevent issues of sub-standard or counterfeit pesticides. The selected farmers were also taken through the triple rinsing of empty pesticide containers and advised not to bury, burn or scatter the empty pesticide containers in their farms or communities, since these have adverse effects on the environment.
They were advised to gather their slashed pesticide containers and send to the district MoFA office for on-ward transportation to CropLife Ghana collection & processing point in Pokuase.
The farmers were presented with the following:
- CropLife Ghana RU Training manuals
- CropLife Ghana flyers and posters
- Hats (donated by RMG Ghana)
- CropLife Ghana anti-counterfeit advocacy posters
The District Director of Agriculture praised CropLife Ghana’s continuous collaboration with the Ministry to sensitize farmers on the safe-uses of pesticides and humbly requested for more educative trainings of this kind to enable the farmers do farming with joy and not farming plaque with grief.