The USAID and the Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) has organized a two-day workshop for the National Seed Council (NSC) at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on seed regulatory framework.
The workshop which also brought together civil society organization and private sector groups in the agric sector is to provide all Council members a clear understanding of the seed regulatory framework and, based on the Council’s roles, responsibilities and functions, the development of their internal operational rules.
Speaking at the event, USAID Chief of Party, Walter Nunez-Rodriguez underscored the need for in-depth education on how the seed policy should work.
He indicated that the wellbeing of farmers and growth of the agric sector in Ghana is the number one agenda of the Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project.
“We are blessed to be working in a country where this policy process has been advanced and has accomplished so many results that make our job even easier but we are here because there are gads to be filled” he stressed.
Mr. Nunez-Rodriguez is convinced the two-day workshop will inform participants on their medium-term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan and other government development planning frameworks.
Also, General Secretary of the Seed Producers Association of Ghana, Thomas Havor commended USAID for the training.
He said understanding the seed regulatory framework will help them in their discharge of their duties.
Thomas Havor assured of compliance to the seed policy by its members across the country.
For his part, the Director of Crop Services at (MOFA), Emmanuel Asante Krobea the policy will address the bottlenecks and fraudulent activities in the seed sector.
He added when the seed policy is enforced, farmers will get very good yields to support the economy.
“Seed production will be cost-effective and farmers would make money. It will also help us as a nation to ensure that we are food secured” he stated.
Mr. Asante Krobea assured the USAID of strict compliance to the seed policy regulation to make Ghana food sufficient.