The Ghana Agri-Input Dealers Association (GAIDA) has urged government to strictly enforce the plant and fertilizer Act, 2010, Act 803, to prevent the illegal importation of adulterated agro chemicals and fertilizers into the country. According to GAIDA, the menace is increasingly becoming alarming; therefore, the urgent need for state law enforcing agencies to intervene.
The association is an advocacy group bringing together all agric input dealers in the country to a common platform to share ideas safety measures and how to effectively collaborate with government and other nongovernmental organizations to improve productivity.
The association in statement signed by the Northern Region Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Mahamud disclosed that the local market is seriously proliferated with contaminated agro chemicals, lamenting how this has greatly affected the agro chemical sector and businesses of its members.
Mr. Mahamud stated food security, health, environmental sustainability are in danger. He added this is a major challenge to farmers in the country.
He cautioned that if urgent measures are not taken, there would be dire consequences, appealing to the Plant Protection and Regulatory Service Division, Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Standard Authority among others to prevent the menace. He noted there must be an inter-agency discussion and a proper coordination to save to the situation.
He maintained that the northern chapter of the association is undertaking an advocacy action plan to ensure the relevant implementing agencies including the police and custom excise and preventive service establish national, regional and district taskforce to enforce the laws in order to eradicate the influx of the fake chemicals and fertilizer into the various markets.
He believes this the only way to safeguard the farm produce, jobs loses and the income of members of the association across Ghana.
“GAIDA is also appealing to Government to equip Fertilizer research organizations to enable them continue their oversight role on both standards and quality of fertilizers. This could be in a form of infrastructure and the expertise to help these organizations continue to carry out continuous research on the standards of fertilizers that come into the country” Mr. Mahamud indicated.
Source: Ghanaianeye.com/Mohammed Gadafi