Three persons are within the grip of the police for his or her alleged involvement within the re-bagging and illicit smuggling of government-subsidized fertilisers.

They have been picked up throughout a joint Customs, COCOBOD and Police swoop at a warehouse used for the operation in Amanfrom within the Greater Accra Region.

Some of the native fertilisers re-bagged embody the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) fertilisers, Sidalco fertilisers and some other kinds belonging to the Ghana COCOBOD.

A complete of 15 fully-loaded vans have been impounded. Nine of those vans are with Burkinabe registration numbers, whereas six are Ghanaian registered. Each of the vans contained at least 1,000 luggage of re-bagged fertilisers.

During the swoop, two warehouses with about 30 employees have been found. The warehouses have been full of tons of of PFJ and COCOBOD fertilisers, which in accordance to officers, have been initially meant for farmers.

The COCOBOD fertilisers embody Ccoa Ahoɔden, Omni Cocoa Aduane and Sidalco Cocoa Sodɔsoo 50kg fertilisers.

According to the Principal Revenue Officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), David Dotse, “the Fertagro mix all of these fertilisers with the PFJ ones, together with some other one they claim they import from Egypt and re-bag them into other 50kg bags.”

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It is unclear how Fertagro secured all of the native fertilisers as a result of, in accordance to COCOBOD officers, “these products are not sold directly on the local market.”

The GRA, COCOBOD and Customs are collaborating with other state establishments to examine the matter.

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