Agric Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has expressed worry over the manner in which fertilisers are being smuggled into the neighboring Burkina Faso, using donkeys to cart them.
“In the North, some of these smugglers load fertiliser on donkeys. These animals are able to enter Burkina Faso unaided, to deliver the fertiliser : I was there ; I saw some of these things, but I can’t question the donkeys”, TV 3 reported.
Farmers have lamented that they are not benefiting from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Fertilizer Subsidize scheme.
Despite the government’s huge investment in the programme, the government spends about two hundred million Ghana cedis importing these, which are supposed to be sold to the farmers at 50% of the original market price.
But as a result of alleged corruption, smuggling and poor management of the scheme, farmers are not getting these fertilizers and have called for a reform of the scheme.
Two years ago, a resident of Bolgatanga allegedly diverted some bags of fertilizers which were meant for farmers in the region into his private apartment for his parochial interest.
Ghana lost a whopping GH¢120 million from unaccounted-for fertilizer in 2020.
Smugglers use routes around the Kassena Nankana municipality to smuggle the fertilizers into Burkina Faso.