Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi, Registrar of EPA-CCMC addressing participants on issues of pesticide enforcement
CropLife Africa Middle East, in collaboration with CropLife Ghana, EPA-CCMC and PPRSD, organized a one-day roundtable discussion on Thursday, July 25,with key distributors of pesticides in Ghana. The roundtable discussion was organized under the SNV-HortiFresh SSP project aimed at “Improving access to good quality pesticides and the judicious application of these products” in the vegetable sector.
CropLife Ghana is implementing the project to set-up a network of 255 SSPs to service more than 4000 vegetable farmers in 3 regions of Ghana namely, Brong Ahafo, Volta Region, and Greater Accra Region,
The participants comprised of the officers of EPA-CCMC and PPRSD, representatives of SNV-HortiFresh, member companies of CropLife Ghana, other licensed distributors of pesticides and GAIDA (Ghana Agri-Input Dealers Association)..
The objective of the discussion was to assess the availability of modern quality pesticides for smallholder vegetable producers, as the use of such products in the vegetable sector is low. Other specific objectives were to sensitize stakeholders on the challenges posed by the limited number of pesticides available for the sector and define a process to attract modern quality pesticides through approved registration and supply of such pesticides by the industry.
The discussions led to a better understanding of the present unsatisfactory situation and the underlying reasons for this. A list of actions was considered for needed changes towards a more enabling regulatory environment and supply strategy including an appropriate packaging range.
Frederick B. Boampong