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Smuggled PFJ fertilizer: Gov’t abrogates contracts of 2 companies

Ambassador Paulina Patience Abayage, Upper East Regional minister

The Government of Ghana
through Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has terminated a fertilizer
importation contract with two companies following their involvement in the
attempted smuggling of 4000 bags of fertilizer designated for the Planting for
Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy.

 The affected companies that have been
sanctioned by the abrogation on grounds of breaching contractual terms with MOFA
are Demeter and Intercontinental Ghana Limited.

This was revealed by
the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Paulina Patience Abayage in an interview
on A1 Radio’s Morning Show, Daybreak Upper East on Thursday.

“The ministry doesn’t
have a contract with this gentleman, they have a contract with two importers
one is Demeta and one is Intercontinental… so as I speak with you right now,
the ministry (MOFA) has abrogated its contract with these two importers because
what this supplier has done is in breach of the contract they had with the
ministry” she stated

Two Articulated Trucks
loaded with 4000 bags of fertilizer designated for government’s fertilizer
subsidy policy, planting for Food and Jobs for farmers in Ghana said to belong
to Demeter Ghana Limited and Intercontinental through an unauthorized dealer were
en route to Burkina Faso through the Paga border in the upper East Region a
month ago but were seized by the Regional Security Council and handed over to
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

According to the Upper
East Regional Minister, the police have completed their report on the case and since
forwarded it for further actions against the culprits. However, she has
indicated that the sized fertilizer will be donated to the vulnerable farmers
in the region despite a notice of court against the decision.

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‘’I have given
instructions to some of the  district
chief executives and the agric directors to come for fertilizer and go and
distribute to the very  vulnerable ones
and I have also instructed that I will want report how they  them  with pictures to show how they were
distributed to the people’’ she indicated.

Source:
A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Ghana|Samuel Mbura

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