Ghana’s Parliament Raises Alert on Unapproved Cocoa Insecticide in the market

The attention of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has been drawn to the presence on the Ghanaian market of Rockstar (11), a supposed cocoa insecticide imported from China, which is yet to be approved for sale in Ghana.

Mr Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, MP for Juaboso, raised the issue on the floor of Parliament when he asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he was aware of the sale of the fake cocoa insecticide and the appropriate steps of the Ministry was in response.

Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, explained that Rock star (Bifenthrin 2.5EC) was a registered pesticide in Ghana, imported from India by West Africa Commodities Company Limited (WACCL), tested by CRIG, registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September, 2016 and listed under provisional clearance (PCL) for commercial purposes, for use in the agricultural sector.

This, Mr Nyarko said, meant that license was given for a period of one year and which should be renewed or fully registered thereafter.

However, according to the Deputy Minister, when WACCL in 2017 approached the EPA to have Rockstar fully registered, it was discovered that the Rockstar presented came from a Chinese manufacturer and could, therefore, not be accepted to be the same as the original one from India that had been tested earlier.

As a result, he said, the MoFA had, therefore, tasked Cocoa Board to conduct further investigations on the presence of the new Rockstar on the Ghanaian market for action to be taken.

In view of this, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Michael Aaron Oquaye, has requested MoFA Minister to appraise the House on June 5, 2018 on the report and outcome of the investigation.

He has also directed MoFA to issue a disclaimer by the end of Friday, May 18, 2018 to inform the public on the presence of the unapproved chemical on the Ghanaian market.

Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)

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