Croplife Ghana Trains Officers on Sub-Standard Agrochemical Products

The Plant Science Industry is committed to promoting practices that encourage responsible, safe and efficient use of agrochemical products but also at the same time, committed to sensitizing stakeholders on issues of counterfeiting and faking of agrochemicals which has plagued the industry and needs to be nipped through various strategies. One of which is to sensitize officers manning border posts along the borders of Ghana.
In line with a roadmap drawn in 2016 by the then Deputy Minister of Food & Agriculture, and EPA, CropLife Ghana , PPRSD and other institutions to curb sub-standard agrochemicals from entering into the country, CropLife AME through CropLife Ghana collaborated with the Chemical Control Management Centre (CCMC) of EPA and the Plant Protection & Regulatory Services Directorate of MoFA, to organize a 1-day Anti-Counterfeit sensitization workshop for officers of Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Plant Quarantine Officers responsible for the border posts in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana.
The workshop was designed to improve the knowledge and skills of the Customs & Plant Quarantine officials to enable them efficiently accomplish their mandates to minimize the importation and exportation of counterfeited, faked and illegal agrochemicals, especially “Not For Sale Agri-Inputs” as well as Government Subsidized Fertilizers across our borders to and from neighbouring countries.
Over 50 officers from Customs Division, Plant Quarantine of MoFA and officers of EPA and PPRSD/MoFA in the 3 northern regions of Ghana participated in the program. 

Presentations were made by the officers below:
– Mr. Frederick B. Boampong, Program Manager for CropLife Ghana;
– Mr. Joseph Edmund, Deputy Registrar of Pesticides, CCMC-EPA
– Mr. Chris Akai, Northern Regional PPRSD-MoFA Officer
During the Q&A session, the Customs and PPRSD Quarantine officers lamented about the many unmanned porous borders especially in the Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana. However, they pledged to do their best in making sure they conduct proper checks on the agrochemicals that pass through the borders, and report to the EPA, PPRSD or CropLife Ghana, if they encounter challenges.
 
Frederick B. BOAMPONG
fboampong@croplifeghana.org

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