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Ghana’s subsidised fertiliser in neighbouring countries


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Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG)

By GNA
Reporter

Accra, July 25, GNA – The Peasant Farmers
Association of Ghana (PFAG) says reports reaching it indicate that bags of
government’s subsidised fertiliser are being smuggled to Burkina Faso and Togo.

Some members of the fertiliser security watchdog
committee set up by the Association said the commodity could be seen in some
shops located on the border towns that shared boundary

By GNA
Reporter

Accra, July 25, GNA – The Peasant Farmers
Association of Ghana (PFAG) says reports reaching it indicate that bags of
government’s subsidised fertiliser are being smuggled to Burkina Faso and Togo.

Some members of the fertiliser security watchdog
committee set up by the Association said the commodity could be seen in some
shops located on the border towns that shared boundary with Ghana.

A statement issued in Accra by Ms Victoria
Adongo, Programme Coordinator of PFAG, said the development was unfortunate and
would disadvantage Ghanaian farmers if the practice was not checked and
stopped.

It said in view of this, the Association urged
state actors and the security agencies along the borders to be take more
practical and proactive steps to address the situation.

“We are of the view that, if our security
agencies work closely with our watchdog members, the situation can be brought
under control,” it added.

The statement said all should help curb the
smuggling of fertiliser across neighbouring countries and secure it for the
Ghanaian farmer only.

It said the fertiliser watchdog committee
members would continue to monitor the movement of the subsidised fertilisers
across neighbouring countries and report such perpetrators to the security
agencies for arrest and prosecution.

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana
(PFAG) is the apex Farmer-Based Non-Governmental Organisation in Ghana with the
mandate to advocate for pro poor agriculture and trade policies and other
issues that affect the livelihoods of small holder farmers.

GNA


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