The prevalence of fake agrochemicals on the market is a source of worry to stakeholders in the agriculture sector. “Not only does it have the potential to destroy our soils, it is also a huge loss of revenue to both government and agrochemical companies,” Frederick B. Boampong, Programs Manager of Crop Life Ghana, an association of agrochemical importers and distributors in Ghana, has said.
Especially, during the farming season a lot of people fake agrochemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) for the hardworking farmers to patronize. Since it is fake, it affects the yield and eventually makes farmers poorer.
This is a very bad incentive for the growth of the nation.
As a result, Ghana is losing a lot of revenue. Farmers are also losing revenue in terms of yield and also income for their upkeep.
In an interview with Newsghana, Frederick Boampong lamented that, genuine tax paying agrochemical companies are losing out because they bring in the genuine products only for others to fake them and sell to unsuspecting farmers.
Government must act tough to address the situation.
Narrating a recent incident involving a fake dealer, he said, last week, we received the complaint from a member company about faking of its product on the market, and relayed same to the Plant Protection Regulatory Services Division (PPRSD) of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and within two weeks the culprit was arrested and taken to the Police station.
For making our farmers poorer and contaminating our soils, we shall continue to collaborate with MoFA and EPA to ensure that this practice becomes a thing of the past.
The association wants MoFA and EPA to ensure continuous monitoring of agrochemical shops and to make the farmers aware of the consequences of patronizing fake and sub-standard agrochemical products.
To ensure easy access to genuine and quality products, we call on all farmers to contact members of Crop Life Ghana for the supply of quality and approved pesticides and fertilizers, he added.
Agrochemicals used for farming, is one of the means of producing better food, therefore, it is necessary to ensure availability of good quality agrochemicals to the farmers,” he added.
Counterfeits have been blamed for poor harvests in some parts of the country. He therefore advised farmers to report any such fake product to MoFA.
Mr. Boampong used the opportunity to praise the Director of PPRSD/MoFA, Dr. Felicia Ansah-Amprofi, for her swift action and prays that such collaborations with the regulatory bodies would be enhanced further to clear the country of all fakers and suppliers of sub-standard pesticides and fertilizers.