May 21, 2018

The  Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye has ruled that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is to issue a disclaimer on a fake cocoa insecticide from China on the market before the close of working day on Friday the 18th May 2018.

He further directed that the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Akoto Afriyie to appear before the House and brief the House on an investigation into the fake insecticide on the market on the first Tuesday of June 2018.

Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye gave these directives when the Member of Parliament for Juaboso Kwabena Minta Akandor brought a fake cocoa insecticide “rockstar” he purchased on the market, that is harmful from China in asking an urgent question on the floor of the House.

Ministry of Food and Agriculture complied with the Speakers directive and issued a disclaimer stating that the insecticides have not been tested by cocoa research institute of Ghana (CRIG).

And not registered by the environmental protection agency hence farms should not use the insecticides, in a public announcement was sign by Dr. Gyiele Nurah Minister of state at the Agriculture Ministry.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/