EPA to enforce ban on agro chemical Advert


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has threatened to ban both advertisement and Live Presenter Mention (LPM) of Agro -Chemicals in the media.

The EPA said it enforcing the Pesticides Control and Management Act of 1996 (Act 940). Putting forth a final rule to remove the agro chemical adverts from the airwaves and prohibit the manufacturers, importers and the media from advertising such products without a permit from the agency.

This directive, the EPA says is to protect lives and prevent the public from patronizing unapproved fertilizers and pesticides that have been troop in the market. Agro Chemical advertisement has become rampant over the years and has flooded the media space both radio and television.

Speaking as a guest on Ashh Fm’s National Agenda, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Mr. Samuel Oteng said the live of Ghanaian citizens must not be put at the expense of the media houses and unscrupulous agro manufactures making money.

‘’I understand that most of the radio and TV stations get their sponsored programme from some of these agro chemical companies.

But we should also understand that we shouldn’t also look at the money media station get against the law.” He added that a pesticides registration and licensing scheme has been put in place in accordance with the Pesticides Control and Management Act of 1996 (Act 528) therefore anyone who find culpable with be dealt with accordingly.

He told show host Oderfour Qwasi Kay that, he has been travelling to the length and breadth of the country and had taken inventory of all chemicals being used as pesticides and EPA has been confiscating those fake products.

Sources: myashhfmonline.com