The quest for farmers in the country to access quality seed for planting to increase yield, has received a boost as a new seed association has been launched in Accra.
Known as the Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG), the group was established in 2014 with funding from Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the USAID- Feed the Future Agricultural Technology Project (FtF-ATTP) and BUSAC Fund.
Speaking at the launch which was also used to dialogue on seed regulations in the country, the chairman of STAG, Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi, said the aim of the association was to help farmers to access quality seeds for planting at affordable price.
He said the association also seek, to bring all the players in the seed value chain together to be able to advocate better policies towards the promotion of the seed industry.
“The Association will bridge the gap that exist between farmers and scientists and help the former access seeds developed by the latter,” Mr Adu-Gyamfi said.
He said STAG, which registered at the Registrar General’s Department as a limited liability private commercial enterprise, is made up of seed companies, including Agric Commercial Services Limited, M and B Seeds Limited, Savanna Seeds and Services Limited, Mabert Company Limited, Lexbok Investment Limited and Rural Innovations Consult Limited.
The others are Rural Innovations Consult Limited, Heritage Seeds Limited, Wienco Ghana Limited, Antika Enterprise Limited and Meridian Seeds Limited.
Mr Adu-Gyamfi said the association has participated in reviewing the Seed Regulations of Ghana, stressing that the group was represented on the taskforce set up to help amend the draft Seed Regulations.
He expressed gratitude to AGRA, BUSAC Fund and USAID-FtF-ATTP for supporting the association.
Mr Josiah Wobil, seed consultant, who chaired the programme, commended the founding members for the formation of the association, saying “this is a laudable step.”
He said the formation of the association gave impetus to the government vision for the private sector to lead in the provision of quality seed for farmers.
Mr Wobil said, though the private sector was playing a leading role in the seed industry, government would continue to support the sector in researching into crop varieties.
By Kingsley Asare