CropLife Ghana member companies have so far, this year, trained over 1,500 farmers and extension officers in various regions of the country. This is part of the objectives of CropLife Ghana in providing stewardship activities to all stakeholders at all times. The trainings focused on responsible use and the application of pesticides together with advocacy on the anti-counterfeiting of pesticides in the cocoa sector.
As part of its stewardship program for cocoa products, BASF organised two training sessions for 106 cocoa farmers and extension agents in the Western North cocoa district of Ghana, on 3 - 4 October 2018. The trainings were held in Dadieso and Boako townships and were aimed at sensitizing participants on BASF cocoa fungicides and insecticides on the Ghanaian market. Participants were made up of farmers, extension agents as well as district and regional cocoa coordinators in the Western North district. As part of the exercise, participants were trained on the effectiveness of the BASF products on cocoa production, and also sensitized on the unique features of the BASF products to avoid use of counterfeit products.
BASF has several products on the market and intends to increase their range in 2019. Following the training, certificates of participation were distributed.
As part of its activities to challenge the counterfeiting of pesticides in the country, CropLife Ghana will from 2019, in collaboration with the EPA, PPRSD/MoFA and FDA (Food & Drugs Authority) implement a comprehensive workplan on the “Education and Enforcement of the Pesticide Act 490”. CropLife Ghana is the current Chair for the National Task Force that drafted the workplan to be implemented. Activities to be undertaken include raids/swoops at major pesticide markets; prosecution of counterfeiters and the improvement of logistics for regulatory officers.