CropLife Africa Middle East implements Spray Service Provider project

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By Anku Morkporkpor, GNA

Accra, July 30, GNA – The SNV Netherlands
Development Organisation has awarded a grant to CropLife Africa Middle East
under the HortiFresh Project to implement a Spray Service Provider (SSP)
project in Ghana.

The project is on ‘’Improving access to good
quality pesticides and judicious application of these products’’ in the
vegetable sector.

A communique issued at the end of a day’s
workshop in Accra said among the activities of the project was the decision of
availability and access to quality pesticides in order to widen the choice for
the over 4,000 vegetable farmers targeted by the project.

The workshop was for the registration of
pesticides for the vegetable sector under the SVN-HortiFresh project in Ghana.

The CropLife Africa Middle East, in collaboration
with Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Plant Protection, Regulatory
Services Directorate (PPRSD) organised a roundtable discussion with key actors
on the issue.

The participants in the discussion comprised
of the officers of Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Plant Protection
Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Agriculture,
representatives of SVN-HortiFresh, member companies of CropLife Ghana and other
distributors of pesticides.

It said the objectives of the discussion
were to assess the availability of modern quality pesticides for smallholder
vegetable producers, sensitise involved parties on the challenges posed by the
limited number of pesticides available for the sector, and define a process to
attract modern quality pesticides through registration and supply of such
pesticides by the industry.

The discussion led to a better understanding
of the present unsatisfactory situation and the underlying reasons. A list of
identified actions were considered for the needed changes towards a more
enabling regulatory environment and supplying strategy including the
appropriate packaging range.

The communique said participants, especially
the regulatory authorities represented by EPA and PPRSD, and the industry represented
by the member companies of CropLife Ghana and other licensed pesticide
importers/suppliers committed to seriously to consider the proposed actions for
the improvement of the situation.

It is expected that such actions would
contribute to increasing the list and improving the supply of quality
pesticides, thus, allowing an easy access and widening the choice for approved
pesticides for the vegetable sector in Ghana. 

The communique said that stewardship
activities would be encouraged, the presence and use of counterfeit and other
illegal pesticides would be greatly reduced.

It said the implementation of these actions
would contribute to improving the production and quality of vegetable produces
in Ghana, access to export markets thus improving the incomes and the
livelihoods of the vegetable producers.