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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