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Myxyzonline.com has gathered that the Upper West regional Security Council has impounded over 30 articulated trucks fully loaded with smuggled fertilizer at Tumu and Gwollu.
Details are sketchy but security sources in the region suspect the consignment was bound for Togo. Officials are tight lipped but XYZ News has learnt some of the drivers are being interrogated for more leads as investigations continue.
Each of the trucks, according to scanty information available, is carrying about 1,000 bags of fertilizer meant for one of government’s flagship programmes, the Planting for Food and Jobs. Under the programme, farmers are required to pay 25% of the cost of fertilizers up front and another 25% after harvesting, and the government pays off the other half (50%) as an incentive to boost agriculture in the country.
Concerns about smuggling of the heavily subsidized fertilizer or their diversion for sale on the open market, has been of great concern to the Agric Ministry, which appears to be trying in vain to stop the menace.
The practice is not limited to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme but the Cocoa sector as well. In June last year, Volta regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa complained bitterly about smuggling activities along the Togo border depriving farmers in the region of the support needed to enhance the implementation of the initiative.
XYZ News will keep you updated with more.