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APFOG advocates for the establishment of a National Seed Security Stock

source: www.savannanews24.com/Prince Addo:

The Apex Farmers Organization Of Ghana (APFOG) in conjunction with the Ghana Agricultural Producers (GFAP) is advocating to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and Agriculture for the establishment of a National Seed Security Stock as provided for by the National seed Policy.

APFOG said the creation of National seed Stock will be beneficial since it will enhance the continuous availability of and access to quality seeds for our members to increase our productivity and incomes.

The advocacy action is supported by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC Fund) and their partners USAID, DANIDA and EU.

Agric Minister: Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Agric Minister: Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto

“The establishment of a National Seed Security Stock as provided for by the National Seed Policy will improve availability of, and access to improved seed varieties by farmers and contribute to the successful implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs Program initiated by the Government of Ghana”

The Apex Farmers Organization of Ghana (APFOG) is an umbrella body of Farmer Based Organizations in Ghana with over Three thousand five hundred (3,500) members across the country. The main objective of the Organization is to promote the interest of its members and advocate for farmer friendly policies to increase agriculture productivity and enhance national food security

In a press statement signed by the National Secretary of APFOG, Mr. Samuel Annan, explained that as part of the advocacy, a research was carried out and some findings were that the distribution of inputs and seed in particular has become a herculean job due to the deplorable condition of many feeder roads in the country.

“A major challenge affecting distribution of inputs in general and seed in particular, is the deplorable conditions of many feeder roads in the country. This is a major disincentive for seed growers and agro-dealers to open up market links in rural areas due to high cost of transportation. The formal seed system in Ghana faces a number of constraints. The seed industry is too formal, with MoFA controlling about 80% of the activities of the sector (registration of seed growers, cleaning and grading of seeds, seed inspection and certification, and packaging for sales only at the regional capitals). This mostly results in delays in service provision to the seed companies and consequent loss of productivity. The distribution system from the certified seed production stage to the farmers is normally poor, the total amount of seeds produced annually are said to be a third of what is purchased by farmers”. the release said

The organization in conjunction with the Ghana Agricultural Producers (GFAP) is therefore advocating to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and Agriculture for the establishment of a National Seed Security Stock as provided for by the National seed Policy.

Read Below Press Release:

PRESS RELEASE

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ORGANIZATION: APEX FARMERS ORGANIZATION OF GHANA (APFOG)

TITLE OF ADVOCACY: ADVOCACY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL SEED SECURITY STOCK.

 

The Apex Farmers Organization of Ghana (APFOG) is an umbrella body of Farmer Based Organizations in Ghana with over Three thousand five hundred (3,500) members across the country. The main objective of the Organization is to promote the interest of its members and advocate for farmer friendly policies to increase agriculture productivity and enhance national food security

Quality seeds are a prerequisite to successful agriculture and constitutes a major pathway for the achievement of national food security goals. Therefore, there is great need to ensure the availability and widespread utilization of quality seeds adapted to the crop lands where the varieties are to be grown. Availability of, and access to improved quality seeds is fundamental to enhancing agricultural productivity, increasing food security, and improving rural livelihoods. It is well recognized that the legal and regulatory environment within the country is a significant factor impacting the availability and accessibility of improved seed. The importance of seed to any crop-based production system cannot be overemphasized. The major challenge facing majority of APFOG members across the country remains the lack of access to improved quality seeds for production.This situation is adversely affecting our productivity levels, incomes and standard of living.

For this reason, APFOG in collaboration with the Ghana Federation of Agriculture Producers (GFAP) is advocating to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and Agriculture for the establishment of the a National Seed Security Stock as provided for by the National seed Policy to enhance the continuous availability of and access to quality seeds for our members to increase our productivity and incomes.

The advocacy action is supported by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC Fund) and their partners USAID, DANIDA and EU.

APFOG as part of the advocacy action carried out a research on our advocacy action and the following were some of the findings:

  • A major challenge affecting distribution of inputs in general and seed in particular, is the deplorable conditions of many feeder roads in the country. This is a major disincentive for seed growers and agro-dealers to open up market links in rural areas due to high cost of transportation.
  • The formal seed system in Ghana faces a number of constraints. The seed industry is too formal, with MoFA controlling about 80% of the activities of the sector (registration of seed growers, cleaning and grading of seeds, seed inspection and certification, and packaging for sales only at the regional capitals). This mostly results in delays in service provision to the seed companies and consequent loss of productivity. The distribution system from the certified seed production stage to the farmers is normally poor, the total amount of seeds produced annually are said to be a third of what is purchased by farmers.
  • The establishment of a National Seed Security Stock as provided for by the National Seed Policy will improve availability of, and access to improved seed varieties by farmers and contribute to the successful implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs Program initiated by the Government of Ghana

 

 

Signed

Mr Samuel Annan

National Secretary

APFOG

source: www.savannanews24.com

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