Open Ghana, an agribusiness advocacy organization based in the Northern Region has made a passionate appeal to the Food and Drugs Board, the Standard Board and the Ministry of Agriculture to as matter of urgency crackdown illegal and unlicensed agro chemicals dealers to salvage the agro chemical and inputs industry.
According to Open Ghana, there is a huge infiltration of fake and adulterated agro chemicals and inputs in the system by unlicensed and untrained agro-chemical and inputs dealers to farmers.
In a statement released to the media and signed by the Executive Director of Open Ghana Mr. Isaac Kombat stated that a greater number of people selling agro chemicals do not possess any form of license for their operation and as such do not have the requisite or any knowledge about chemicals and their usage.
The statement said, the fake and adulterated agro chemicals did not only pose threat to the crop production but dangerous to the land, adding that, there is a tremendous rise in the number of unlicensed and untrained agro chemical dealers in the Northern Region who sell fake and adulterated chemicals at a cheaper cost to farmers.
Open Ghana said, the activities of the unlicensed and illegal agro chemicals and inputs dealers is largely affects business and productivity, adding that, the activities of these illegal dealers is against the plant and fertilizer Act 2010, Act 803.
Open Ghana therefore again called on all relevant stakeholders in the Agri-Input industries for their commitment towards licensing and training of unlicensed dealers in the region.
Open Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Agri-Input Dealers Association (GAIDA) is undertaking an advocacy action for the licensing and registration of all unlicensed Agri-Input dealers in the Northern Region.
The organization has therefore urged all agro chemical and inputs dealers to acquire license and training in order to aid productivity and development of the Agriculture sector in the Northern Region.
The advocacy which is funded by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC Fund) and their partners, USAID, DANIDA and EU is meant to curb the problem of licensing and training in Agri-Input industries found within region.
Open Ghana, a local socio-economic development Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), encompasses a network of Agribusinesses, Farm Based Organizations, Rural Communities and Media Practitioners with the fundamental priority of promoting social and economic development in the region.