In a bid to clamp down on the surge in
subsidised fertiliser smuggling into neighbouring countries for sale, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana), has urged the government to conduct a thorough audit into the programme which commenced in 2017 .
In August last year, the Graphic Business uncovered a syndicate of smugglers who carted government’s
The paper observed that virtually on a daily basis, truck-loads of the
Some of them earned their living carting the smuggled bags of
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However, the Executive Director of CDA-Ghana,
He explained that the NGO had also uncovered mass fraud and smuggling of the
He said although the programme was not new in the country, its implementation had not yielded the desired impact on productivity and income of smallholder farmers who were expected to benefit from the scheme.
“We are not seeing the impact of the current programme; We are not opposed to the policy,
“It’s in the government’s own interest that the policy is audited because there is no proper record keeping by input dealers,” he said.
Evidence from the CDA-Ghana study
According to CDA-Ghana, its researchers also established that reported stories of smuggling of
The study revealed that
It also established that there were inadequate storage facilities and
It was also revealed that there were delays in the supply, while recovery rate was low. Again many farmers were also engaged in double registration. — GB