Croplife Ghana

"CropLife Ghana is the association of agrochemical importers and distributors in Ghana. It is currently made up of 16 major agrochemical companies and counting. CropLife Ghana controls about 90% of the fertilizer market as well as about 75% of the crop protection product (CPP) market."

Friday, 19 July 2019

CropLife Ghana sensitizes security officers at Bono Region border posts on agrocchemical anticounterfeiting


 The CropLife Ghana AntiCTFT workshop was held at the Camp David Hotel, Dorma Ahenkro, in the Bono Region of Ghana on Thursday, 27th June 2019.

·         The workshop was to sensitize border conrol officers at the borders in Bono Region on issues of pesticide counterfeiting and illegitimate border crossing of agrochemical products;

·         The workshop was used to showcase to the security officers in the Bono Region borders about the economic ruins caused by illegitimate cross border trades of agrochemical products;

·         It was a workshop used to foster unity and working collaboration between the border security officers in both Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire;

·         A total of 60 participants were recorded for the workshop

·         The participants included officers from Ghana Customs Services;

-       Officers from Ghana Immigration Services;

-       Regional offices of EPA in Bono Region

-       Regional Office of MoFA/PPRSD in Sunyani

-       District office of MoFA/PPRSD in Gonokrom

-       Media (Print and electronic)

·         Topics covered included the following:

-       What is counterfeit and illegal pesticide – Perspective from CropLife

-       Identifying counterfeit products

-       Overview of the legal framework for management of pesticides in Ghana

-       Relevance of the pesticide register and its effect in checking agrochemicals across the boders;

-       Requirements for transporting, importing and exporting fertilizers to and from Ghana, and effects of illegal transport of government fertilizers on the economy;

-       Counterfeit & illegal pesticide products: Punitive measures for recalcitrant importers

-       Introduction to EPA GCNet Clearance procedures

·         Way Forward:

-       Intensify border agents sensitization on issues of agrochemical counterfeiting

-       Continue joint border trainings on agrochemical counterfeiting with Cote D’Ivoire along the common border towns to bring unity and common understanding among the security officers manning the border posts

-       Border control programs should be undertaken twice in a year to enable more security officers to be involved in the programs in view of the frequent transfers

Report by CropLife Ghana.

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