Mr Gorden Akurugu, Volta and Oti Regional Director of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has urged producers in Ghanaian industries to register their products with the FDA as mandated by law.
He said any product without an FDA permit could not be imported or r exported and there was the need for all product owners to collaborate with the FDA to get rid of unregistered products in the system.
Mr Akurugu said their regulatory mandate covers products including, herbal, agro products, food products, and household chemicals “and the good thing is that with the icons they use now for export and import, if you do not have an FDA permit you cannot import or export, so it is good for us to register our products.”
Mr Akurugu gave the advice in an engagement dubbed “Agri-Business Financing” organised by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) as part of activities lined up in the ongoing Volta Trade and Investment Fair in Ho, the Volta Regional capital.
Mr Akurugu further disclosed the FDA has moved from the zonal operations to the regional levels and that “it has been decentralised to enable smooth products registration without delay as it was in the past.
He indicated, the FDA has a package with the Enterprise Agency called ‘progressive licensing’ where a product for a starter would be taken care of by the enterprise agency”
On delay in registrations and the cumbersome nature of the registration processes, Mr Akurugu said the process was a requirement and that all the stages involved must be carried out for quality purposes.
He also revealed that plans were underway to move their operations to the District levels.
The ‘Agri-Business Financing’ workshop brought together members from the Agriculture Department, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Maphlix, the Free Zones, farmers, business owners, and students.
Mr Patrick Mawusi Morttey, the Head of Domestic Corporate at GCB Bank, stated, agriculture is the mainstay of the Ghanaian economy “since agriculture contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), about 35 per cent from 2010 to 2015, but there was a decline to 18.24 per cent at the end of 2020 to GDP, whilst agriculture provides about 80 per cent of the food requirements in Ghana.”
Mr William Dzamefe, the Volta Regional Director of Agriculture, disclosed that the Volta Region was the leading producer of rice in the country.
Mr Felix Kamasah Mawuli, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maphlix Trust Ghana Limited, a food production and processing company, who is also the President of vegetable producers and Exporters Association, has encouraged the youth to venture into agribusiness.