ACHIEVEMENTS

REPORTING PERIOD: 1ST QUARTER, JANUARYMARCH 2011

Programmed Activities Actual Output/ outcome Time Frame
1.  Mass rearing and release of Typhlodromalus manihoti  (Tm)  a predator for the Cassava Green Mite (CGM) in the forest zone. An estimated 145,000 actives of Tm were mass produced and released at six (6) locations in the Mampong Municipality and Ejura Sekyedumasi district in the Ashanti region comprising four (4) – Farmer Field Fora (FFF)  and two (2) farmers fields.In the Brong Ahafo region the release was made on farmers farms at two (2) locations in Kintampo South district January and February
2. Mass rearing and release of Terestrius nigrescens (Tn), a predator for the Larger Grain Borer (LGB) in the southern sector of the country A total of 16,600 actives of Tn were mass produced and released at Ten (10) locations in the Offinso South and North districts of the Ashanti regions and six (6) locations in the Krachi East district of the Volta region February and March
3. Organize National Fruit Fly Management Committee (NFFMC) meetings A compliance program based on International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures has been drawn up for implementation by mango exporters to enable them to be able to export their produce to international markets. February
4. Review IPM Handbook Vol. 4 (Pineapple) The workshop was conducted and various experts made input into the document March
5. Maintain Phytosanitary standards on plant commodity imports and exports One hundred and fifty-six (156) phytosanitary permits and seven (7) phytosanitary certificates issued.  One thousand, six hundred and thirty Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,630.00) collected as revenue  at Pokuase January – March
7. Conduct Pest Risk Assessment (PRA) on the importation of bio-agents to control papaya mealybug Mass production of bio-agents prior to importation in progress January – March
8. Meet with garden egg exporters Steps being taken to ensure that garden egg exports have reduced Thrips palmi and Leucinodes orbonalis infestations March
 9. Pesticide and Fertilizer surveillance to ensure compliance with regulations Visited 6 pesticide/fertilizer companies in and around Accra January – March
11. Sensitization of stakeholders on the Plant and Fertilizer Act (Act 803) in collaboration with USAID and ACDI-VOCA 40 participants at a sensitization workshop in Accra were taken through the various sections of the Act.  There were discussions on the various parts between the stakeholders  which included, agro-input dealers, security services, revenue agencies, research institutions, attorney general’s department and regulatory services March
12. Development of Registration forms for registration of fertilizer products/companies Registration forms and certificates of registration have been developed and registration process is currently ongoing January – March
13. Inspection and certification of seed and planting materials The following lab tests were undertaken on samples of maize, rice, soyabean and imported vegetable seeds.  Germination  –  527
Moisture         –  520
Purity             –  520
Health            –   317
January – March
A total of 20 seed producers from the Kpong Irrigation project were trained on certified rice seed production which was sponsored by ACDI/VOCA March
 The National Seed lab hosted the following during the quarter
i. Head of party of West African Seed Alliance
ii. 12 MSc Seed Technology students of KNUST Kumasi
iii. A 5 member team of SEEDCO, a Private sector Seed Company from Zimbabwe
A  total of 47 Agro input dealers shops were visited in the Greater Accra region
 March
January – March
i. 285,000 grafted mango seedlings inspected at certified nursery operators in the Brong Ahafo region. January – March
ii. The following qualities of packaging materials were printed during the quarter
1kg – 76,000 pieces
45kg – 8,900 pieces
9kg – 15,000 pieces
January – March

 

 

 

 

REPORTING PERIOD: 2ND   QUARTER APRIL – JUNE 2011

Programmed Activities Actual Output/ outcome Time Frame
1. Mass rearing and  release of
Typhlodromalus
manihoti (T.m.), a predator for the Cassava Green Mite (CGM) in the forest zone.
An estimated 206,600 actives of T.m. was mass produced and released at four (4) locations in the Techiman Municipality of the Brong Ahafo region, 3 locations each in the Upper Denkyira  West and East  Districts of the Central region and 2 locations in the Akwapim South District of the Eastern region and 2 locations each in the Ga West and South Municipalities of the Greater Accra region. April and May 2011
2. Mass rearing and release of Terestrius nigrescens (Tn) a predator for the Larger Grain Borer (LGB) in the Southern zone  of Ghana  A total of 24,000 actives of Terestrius nigrescens (T.n.), were mass produced and released at one (1) location in the Efutu Municipality, six (6) locations in the Gomoa West district and 3 locations in the Agona West Municipality of the Central region.  The remaining releases were done at three (3) locations in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra region and a location each in the Akwapim South, Suhum Kraboa Coaltar, West Akyem and Akwapim North Districts of the Eastern region.  81.4% of target achieved. May and June 2011
3. Dry season survey of cassava pests and diseases in the seven (7) regions of the Southern sector conducted to determine pests and diseases incidence and to recommend interventions A total of 193 cassava farms were sampled for pest and disease incidence in the seven (7) regions of the southern sector March and April 2011
4. Carry out Pest and Disease Survey of selected vegetables to build a database for information and management Some diseases of selected vegetables ie pepper, garden eggs, asian vegetables and leafy vegetables in some districts in the Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra regions identified.  Some samples of infected vegetables taken for culturing in the laboratory May
5. Organize a National Fruit Fly Management Committee (NFFMC) meeting Challenges and the way forward for the compliance program based on International Standards for Phytosanitary measures deliberated on.  The compliance program is to enable mango farmers to be able to export their produce to international markets June
6.  Maintain Phytosanitary standards on plant commodity imports and exports One hundred and twenty-two (122) phytosanitary permits and one (1) phytosanitary certificate issued.  One thousand, two hundred and thirty Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,230.00) collected as revenue  at Pokuase. April  – June
7. Demonstrate post harvest phytosanitary treatment of garden eggs against thrips to packhouse attendants Demonstration conducted in eight packhouses April
8. Train phytosanitary inspectors and AEAs in the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Regions (Southern zone) on Marketing Quality Control of fresh fruits and vegetable Forty (40) phytosanitary staff and AEAs trained April
9. Inspect pre-harvest field level practices as well as post harvest phytosanitary and international marketing quality standards handling of mangoes in packhouses prior to exportation to Lebanon Eighteen farms in the Yilo Krobo and Manya Krobo districts in the Eastern Region and Hohoe district in the Volta Region certified to export mangoes to Lebanon during the major season June
10. Organize Codex Sub-committee meeting on Pesticide Residues in Food The expert team met to deliberate on the proceedings and outcome of the session held in China.  Some members were charged to finalize the draft report and submit to the National Codex Committee (NCC). April
11.  Pesticide and Fertilizer surveillance to ensure compliance with regulations A total of 46 pesticide/ fertilizer dealers were visited during the exercise in four regions (Central, Western, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions). May
12. Training workshop for MOFA staff on Safe use and Management of pesticides in collaboration with EMQAP 40 MOFA staff from 4 regions (Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Eastern) were successfully trained on management practices of pesticides use and remedial actions to take in the event of spillage and poisoning June
13. Inspection and certification of seed and planting materials 232 seed samples were analyzed as follows:
Purity    –  232 Samples
Moisture – 180       “
Germination – 232  “
Health     –   30        “
April  – June
578 cassava planting material multiplication fields comprising 26 primary and 561 secondary sites were monitored April – May
14. Prepare for International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) accreditation Documents have been drafted on procedures and are being edited.  Capacity building of staff is ongoing April – June
15. Participate in the ISTA workshop for 2011 to be held in Zurich,  Switzerland Two members of staff attended the annual ISTA Zurich, Switzerland June