CropLife Ghana, a membership body of importers and distributors of agrochemicals in Ghana leads an advocacy initiative to provide a strong legal support to regulatory bodies and industry in the country.
The initiative aims at providing evidence necessary for the Government of Ghana to amend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1994 Act 940 to establish a levy system on all imported and domestic manufactured Crop Protection Products (CPP) and Public Health Products (PHP). This is in order to generate enough revenue to carry out regulatory and capacity strengthening activities of the players in the agricultural input and public health industries.
The advocacy initiative is supported by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund, a programme set up to strengthen the advocacy capacity of private sector business groups and associations in Ghana. Funding came from DANIDA (development partner lead), USAID, and EU as a phased programme
Need for Legal Amendment
Ghana’s Crop Protection Products (CPP) industry was found to be confronted with myriads of challenges. Majority of these challenges include; copying and counterfeiting of products, the introduction of sub-standard products into the market, high indiscipline of participants in the industry and low knowledge of dealers of these products among the lot.
The regulators whose duties are to bring sanity into the industry appears helpless. This was largely attributed to inadequate supply of resources such as personnel, equipment and needed logistics to carry out their work. All these were attributed to insufficient financial allocation from the coffers of the consolidated fund where the regulators were largely funded from.
About CropLife Ghana
CropLife Ghana is a national association of agrochemical importers and distributors in Ghana which is affiliated to CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME) and part of the International Organisation CropLife International (CLI). It is a non-profit making organization with a current membership of eighteen (18) major agrochemical companies in Ghana and counting. CropLife Ghana controls about 90% of the fertilizer market as well as about 75% of the pesticide market in Ghana.
This piece is part of CropLife Ghana advocacy series.
News Source: Agriculture in Ghana Media| Editor@agricinghana