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Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID)

(Part II of the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010(Act 803))

The Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID) is responsible for seed certification. It provides services for seed growers, seed dealers, seed importers and seed exporters. It has the National Seed Testing Laboratory (NSTL).

National Seed Testing Laboratory (NSTL)

The National Seed Testing Laboratory (NSTL) located at Pokuase (Accra) carries out seed sampling and laboratory seed quality tests such as moisture, purity, germination and health before seeds are certified for distribution and marketing. The National Seed Testing Laboratory is a member of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and now awaits accreditation.

Seed growers:

Before you can become a seed grower, you should be into farming for some time. Contact the nearest regional agricultural office and register with the regional/zonal seed coordinator. All the locations of seed fields must be declared at the time of registration for monitoring and field inspection.

You will be qualified to be a seed grower if all the necessary conditions including payment of registration fees are met. Registration is for two years and there is an annual renewal of registration once you become a seed grower.

Seed dealers:

Contact the nearest regional agricultural office and register with the regional/zonal seed coordinator in order to become a seed dealer. Declare all dealer outlets at the time of registration for monitoring. Registration is for two years and a fee would be paid at the time of registration. There is an annual renewal of registration once you become a seed dealer.

Seed importer:

In order to become a seed importer, contact the nearest regional agricultural office and register with the regional/zonal seed coordinator. Registration is for two years and a fee would be paid at the time of registration, renewal of registration is done once every year. All outlets of the importer must be declared at the time of registration for monitoring. Seeds imported into the country must be declared to the quarantine officers at the entry point and must be accompanied with an international certificate such as ISTA certificate or its equivalent along with phytosanitory and other relevant certificates.

Seed exporters:

To become a seed exporter, contact the nearest regional agricultural office and register with the regional/zonal seed coordinator. Registration is for two years and a fee would be paid at the time of registration, renewal of registration is done once every year.

All outlets of the exporter must be declared at the time of registration for monitoring. Seed exporters must obtain an international certificate (Orange International Certificate of ISTA) from the National Seed Testing Laboratory (NSTL) along with phytosanitory and other relevant certificates before exportation.

Note: A person shall not import, export, produce or deal in any seed in commercial quantities unless that person is registered, registration is not transferable. The Minister of Food and Agriculture may suspend, cancel or modify a registration if there is a good reason for the suspension, cancellation or modification.

For further information contact;

The Director

Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate

P. O.Box M 37

Pokuase-Accra

Tel: +233 (0) 302 990 404

Email: jackvesper@yahoo.com