The Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament: Prevention and Control of Pests and Diseases of Plants Act, 307 now replaced by “Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803). The PPRSD is the National Institution with the mandate and capacity to organize, regulate, implement and coordinate the plant protection services needed for the country in support of sustainable growth and development of Agriculture. The national plant protection policy is Integrated Pest Management, (IPM).
To render efficient, environmentally safe and economically sustainable plant protection and regulatory services that will be meeting the requirements of the clientele and thus contributing to increased food and raw material production.
To provide services in order to safeguard quality and plants of crop from losses by pests and diseases.
To contribute to sustainable reduction of crop losses caused by pests and diseases, currently estimated at 30-50%, to about 10-15%, with substantially reduced use of hazardous chemicals.
The Directorate offers Public Services to: Extensionists, Farmers, Importers/Exporters of Agricultural goods, Pesticide Dealers and Applicators, Seed Producers and Dealers, Fertilizer Dealers, Consuming Public and coordinates compliance with obligations in Multilateral Plant Protection Agreements.
The Directorate is structured into four Divisions:
- Crop Pests & Disease Management Division (Services provided):
- Extension: Training of Trainers in IPM, technical backstopping on crop pests and disease identification and integrated control strategies.
- Farmers: Technical backstopping on pests and disease identification (diagnosis) and integrated control strategies, support in Global GAP certification (training, pre- audit)
- Exporters of agricultural produce: Technical backstopping on identification of crop pests, training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and carries out diagnostic services.
- IGOs: Pests and Disease situation statistics.
- Ghana Seed Inspection and Certification Division (GSID) (Services provided):
- Seed growers: Registration of Seed Growers, Monitoring of seed and planting material production of crop species, Certification of Foundation and Certified Seeds and also Primary and Secondary planting materials, Training of major stakeholders (Seed Inspectors, Registered Seed Growers, Seed Dealers, Extension Staff of MOFA and NGO’s etc), Facilitation of promotional activities in the seed industry.
- Seed dealers: Registration of Seed Dealers, Monitoring of Seed Dealers’ outlets
- Seed importers and exporters: Registration of importers and exporters, Monitoring of importers’ and exporters’ outlets
- Farmers: Education and awareness creation on the benefits of utilization of certified seed/planting materials
- Pesticide and Fertilizer Regulatory Division (Services provided):
- Pesticide and Fertilizer dealers: Registration, inspection, training on pesticides and fertilizer management, facilitation of removal of obsolete and unwanted chemicals.
- Pesticide and Fertilizer Applicators: Registration, inspection, training on Pesticide and Fertilizer Management.
- Extension: training and technical backstopping on pesticides and fertilizer management. •
- Exporters: Training of trainers in pesticide and fertilizer management for export certification.
- Importers: Sample, inspect, analyze and test fertilizers distributed in the country and prepare appropriate manuals and reports of these.
- IGOs: Provides pesticides and fertilizer consumption statistics.
- Plant Quarantine Division (Services provided):
- Exporters of agricultural produce: Inspection, certification (Phytosanitary and marketing quality compliance), treatment (confiscation and destruction), information on export requirements and training on export requirements.
- Importers of agricultural produce: Inspection, certification (import permits), release, (confiscation and destruction, return to country of origin), information on import requirements; post-entry quarantine, training on import requirements.
- Provides information on IPPC and WTO on SPS Agreements through the National Enquiry Point (NEP)
Mantey Gerald Asare
Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate
P. O. Box M 37
Tel: +233 (0) 243 305 049