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30.09.2019 Agriculture

INACFOS Lauds Gov’t Decision To Use Local Cocoa Insecticide, Fertilizers

By Ayisah Foster | Kumasi
INACFOS Lauds Gov’t Decision To Use  Local Cocoa Insecticide, Fertilizers
SEP 30, 2019 AGRICULTURE

The International Network for Agric Career and Food Security has lauded the government of the day for its pronouncement to use only made in Ghana cocoa Insecticides and fertilizers for cocoa products come 2020.

The research team made it clear that, is a good step government has taken and they are proud of the government for taking such an initiative.

'"But as an institution that are bent on making sure people get more employment in Ghana and also ensure there is enough food for the future, it is a step in the right direction for government to decide on this course because first of all, we should know that it is going to create employment for the people of Ghana and we should also know that those companies government would love to buy their products should be companies that must be owned by Ghanaians, thus the owners of those companies should be indigenous companies.

"We, the management of International Network for Agric Career and Food Security are creating environment for people who are into Agriculture to be able to create more business opportunities so if the government’s decision to open the opportunity for Ghanaian trust, then we think this decision is something we should embark on with curiosity," they indicated.

The research team headed by Ayisah Foster, media coordinator in charge of advertisement and programmes said government must do its possible best to ensure that those companies that are owned by Ghanaians have the lion's share. "The team are aware of some of the activities of some of these cocoa insecticides and fertilizers, the impact some of them are making and some of the damages some of the imported cocoa insecticides are making."

According to them, it is about time Ghanaians believe in themselves. It is about time Ghanaians must be confident in what they have because the Chinese did not start their own businesses on a silver plater. The Americans, the Germans didn't start building their countries on a silver plate.

"They did what the research team termed ' try and error' procedures and they have gotten to where they are today. If a Ghanaian owned company benefits from Ghanaian coffers, it would be preferable for them to build their infrastructural development that will speed the economic growth. If we invest our monies in companies owned by the Chinese, the Syrians, Indians etc, then we aren't helping because if a Chinese has a company producing a cocoa insecticide product,it is not going to benefit Ghanaians so much but rather is going to benefit the foreigners. It is going to help the foreigners repatriate the Ghanaian coffers to their country. But if Ghanaians companies are giving the lion's share, the monies will stay here. They added in a statement copied to broadcastergh.com over the weekend.

'I know the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Mahamud Bawumia is a economist, and he understands the direction to it. We are considering the purpose to which we have to embark on the activity. Now we are going to send our research team out there to communicate with farmers and people who trade in insecticide products or fertilizers and inquire their intelligence on which product is making successful impact in the life of those producing cocoa. And the result would be out anytime soon. We believe to contact extension officers to also tell us their version of this situation as to if a Ghanaian company is given the opportunity their confidence level in their products so that we can publicly inform government to make a choice, not just making a choice but a proper choice that will help to enhance the cocoa sector of the economy and also improve the use and fetch the farmers money at the end of their hard work."

The International Network for Agric Career and Food Security has made its decision to monitor, interview and do research and assess all those companies that are manufacturing our local products to ensure that the research team advises government on which company should be given the mandate to the lion's share.

Source: The Punch Newspaper
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