Mr. William Kotey, President of CropLife Ghana signing the BUSAC Contract, whiles Mr. Frederick B. Boampong, Program Manager of CropLife Ghana looks on.
CropLife Ghana has received funding from the Business Sector Advocacy Fund (BUSAC) to implement an advocacy to establish a levy system through the review of the EPA Act 1994, Act 490. The advocacy is scheduled to take Ten (10) months.
The contract agreement with BUSAC was signed by the President of CropLife Ghana, Mr. William KOTEY at a BUSAC orientation ceremony held at the MJ Grand Hotel, on Tuesday 25th September 2018. This proposal was submitted based on inspiration received during the 2018 CLAME Hub-Meeting in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire where the emphasis was on member associations to emulate the Levy system approach being practiced in Kenya.
In this advocacy action, CropLife Ghana would collaborate with other stakeholders like Ghana Agri-Input Dealers Association (GAIDA) and other responsible importing companies to implement the action.
Amongst the objectives of the action are the following:
1. To review and amend the EPA Act 1994, Act 490
2. To generate funds for the strict enforcement of the EPA Act 1994, Act 490
3. To lessen the burden on CropLife Ghana importing companies
4. To improve the business environment for CropLife Ghana members
There is a major challenge hindering the regulatory agencies from enforcing their mandate in Ghana, which is adequate funding. This unfortunate situation has brought in its wake numerous challenges confronting the sector including issues on:
1. Influx of unregistered and unapproved agrochemicals in the country
2. Problems of faked/adulterated agrochemicals
3. Numerous types of glyphosates with different AI’s which confuse our farmers
4. Unavailable pesticide inspectors in the farming districts
5. Lack of proper stewardship for farmers
At the end of a successful advocacy, it is envisaged that funds would be realized from the levy system to assist both the regulators and industry players to effectively enforce the pesticide law and also provide relevant stewardship for the good of the agrochemical industry.