APFOG demands establishment of Seed Security Stock

By
Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Sept. 14, GNA – The Apex Farmers
Organization of Ghana (APFOG) in collaboration with the Ghana Federation of
Agriculture Producers (GFAP) has appealed to the Ministry of Food and
Agriculture (MoFA) and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food and
Agriculture to establish the National Seed Security Stock as stated in the
National Seed Policy.

APFOG and GFAP said this would ensure the
continuous availability of and access to quality seeds for their members to
increase their productivity and ensure food security in the country.

This was contained in a statement issued in
Tamale on Friday by APFOG signed by Mr Samuel Annan, its National Secretary and
copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale.

The statement formed part of the advocacy
efforts of APFOG supported by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund, and
their partners USAID, DANIDA and EU on the establishment of a national seed
security stock.

It said as part of the advocacy action, APFOG
carried out a research on its advocacy issue, which found that “a major
challenge affecting distribution of inputs in general and seed in particular,
is the deplorable conditions of many feeder roads in the country, which 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
research said “the formal seed system in the country faces a number of
constraints. The seed industry is too formal, with MoFA controlling about 80
per cent 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) resulting in delays in service
provision to the seed companies and consequent loss of productivity.

It said “the distribution system from the
certified seed production stage to the farmers is normally poor, the total
amount of seeds produced annually is said to be a third of what is purchased by
farmers.”

The statement said “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
Programme.”

APFOG is an umbrella body of farmer-based
organizations in the country with over 3,500 members across the country and its
objective is to promote the interest of its members and advocate for farmer
friendly policies to increase agricultural productivity and enhance national
food security.

GNA

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