Farmers do not get the subsidize fertilizers from government to aid their productivity
- Smuggling of fertilizers to neighboring towns remains on of Ghana’s major problems
- Farmers do not get the subsidized fertilizers from government to aid their productivity
- GAWU is calling on government to re-strategize for targeted farmers to get fertilizers at subsidized prices
General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) has averred that, fertilizers meant to be given to farmers at a subsidized rate ends up in other neighboring countries.
The General Secretary of GAWU, Edward Kareweh, stated categorically that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has confirmed that the fertilizers are smuggled.
In an interview with Daily Graphic, he said, “Today there is no subsidy anymore or the subsidy has no effect because the fertilizer is smuggled out. Once it is a subsidy, it must get on a target group and so if it does not get to them, then it cannot be counted as subsidy’’
“If the Ministry has also come out to say the fertilizer is being smuggled, then it is confirming the product does not get to the farmers,” he added.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in his mid-year budget review statement in Parliament last week said government will soon make use of technology in the distribution of fertilizers. This will end the smuggling of goods to neighboring countries. Source:www.ghanaweb.com