The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is promoting safe usage and disposal of agro-chemicals among smallholder farmers in Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions through various workshops.
The aim of these workshops is to raise awareness among farmers and other value chain actors on appropriate use and disposal of agro-chemicals in order to protect both the environment and food stuffs.
The USAID is doing this through the Feed the Future’s Northern Ghana Governance Activity (NGGA) project which is being implemented by a consortium of NGOs including ActionAid Ghana; SEND Ghana; West African Network for Peace-building (WANEP) and led by Care International Ghana.

The NGGA is a five year project supported by USAID and implemented by a consortium.
A press release issued by Mr Collins Kyei Boafo, Communications Manager, NGGA, Care International said the workshops were organised across all 28 selected districts in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
The release noted that the workshops were expected to strengthen capacity and knowledge of smallholder farmers on agro-chemical policy guidelines.
Areas discussed during the workshops included; types of agro-chemicals, identification of genuine agro-chemicals, safe handling and storage, as well as the appropriate methods of pesticides application.
The NGGA worked to fortify the coordination and integration of decentralised agricultural development and to promote responsive governance for improved agricultural development in Ghana, said the release.
It said the project also encouraged community dialogue and consensus building to prevent conflict and promote the sustainable growth of agriculture.

Feed the Future is the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative with a focus on smallholder farmers particularly women.
Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing the agricultural sector to spur economic growth and trade that would increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and under nutrition.
GNA