Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Sept. 24, GNA – The government has
been called upon to establish the Plant and Fertilizer Fund (PFF) as provided
for by the Plant and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803) to finance research and
investigations relating to fertilizers being used in the country.
The Northern Regional branch of the Ghana
Agri-Input Dealers Association (GAIDA), which made the call in a statement,
said the establishment of the PFF would go a long way to prevent and curb the
menace of fake and adulteration of fertilizer products in the country through
rigorous investigations by relevant state institutions.
The statement issued in Tamale on Monday, was
signed by Mr Mohammed Mahamud, Northern Regional Secretary of GAIDA, and copied
to the Ghana News Agency.
formed part of the advocacy efforts of the Northern Regional branch of GAIDA
with support from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund, and their
partners USAID, DANIDA and EU for the establishment of PFF.
The statement called on the government through
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to translate its commitment and
willingness to ensure a sustained food production by making the PFF
It said the call to the government to
establish the PFF “Comes as a result of the recent cry by some farmers in the
Northern Region with regards to the potency and efficacy of some fertilizer
products that are being sold to them.”
It said “The farmers have persistently
complained about the yield levels of some of the fertilizer products and have
threatened to stop buying those fertilizer products in some cases, if nothing
is done about the situation.”
The statement called on “The Parliamentary
Select Committee on Agriculture to hasten the pace of Parliament in capturing
the PFF under the consolidated fund. As part of the Plant and Fertilizer Act,
the main source of funding for the PFF is through money approved by Parliament.
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture should therefore work to
clear all bottlenecks impeding the implementation of the Plant and Fertilizer
It also appealed to government to equip
fertilizer research institutions in the form of infrastructure and expertise to
enable them continue their oversight role on both standards and quality of
GAIDA is a national body of agricultural input
dealers in the country, and it envisions excellence in the provision of agricultural
inputs and maximizing food productivity for a healthy nation.