Since 2013 till date, CropLife Ghana has been collaborating with the Crop Science Department of the University of Ghana in providing technical experience from the agrochemical industry point of view for students embarking on their Doctorate degrees.
On Friday, 11th October 2019, three (3) students offering PhD in Post-Harvest, and MPhil-Crop Science Horticulture visited 2 CropLife Ghana member companies ADAMA West Africa and RMG Ghana Limited to familiarize themselves with the agrochemical industry. They were ushered around the companies by Mr. Franklin Mensah of ADAMA West Africa, and Mr. Dela NYARKO of RMG respectively.
At ADAMA and RMG, they were shown the various types of agrochemical products and their application including types of fertilizers available. Some of the lessons learnt include:
1. Effective uses of pesticides without endangering the environment and human safety
2. Sustainable use of chemical and organic substances in agriculture
3. Integration of Integrated Pest Management Systems (IPM) in programs of CropLife trainings
4. Ensuring environmentally friendly disposal of pesticide containers and obsolete pesticide stocks
5. Applying drone technology in the spraying of fall army worm and other farming activities
In RMG, they particularly learnt about the how agrochemical products are imported, registered, trials conducted, etc before finally approved for use in the country by the regulatory authorities.
The students also had interactions with the Program Manager of CropLife Ghana, Mr. Frederick BOAMPONG and Mr. Bob ADJAKLOE, at the CropLife Ghana secretariat. They were informed about the main advocacy programs of the association but the students were most overwhelmed with the container management scheme and the obsolete collection program.
They promised to use the opportunity to appeal for collaborations from other organizations to enable CropLife Ghana expand the container collection scheme to all parts of the country. According to them, “this is a very important exercise and they are happy CropLife Ghana has already began an exercise in this area”.