The Upper West Regional Security Council has announced measures to deal with escalating smuggling of fertilizer into neighboring Burkinafaso. In the Sissala area, as part of new measures, fertilizer cannot move unless from 6AM to 6PM among others.
This was made known by Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister in Tumu on Friday 18th June 2021 at the Sissala East Municipal Assembly hall in the presence of agro-input dealers and the regional security heads who accompanied the minister to Tumu.
Dr Bin Salih started by saying “We are here to hold discussions with you input dealers since we are just in the cropping season as you play a pivotal role in the success of farming in the Sissala East and West districts, however the annual menace of smuggling fertilizer into Burkinafaso made us to come to you to put our thoughts together to see how we can nib the act in the bud.”
Dr Bin Salih disclosed that “It’s disheartening to note that Intelligent got to us that smuggling was taking place particularly in the Sissala West and we got alarmed as some 45 Rhino truckload of fertilizer each carrying about 300 pieces of fertilizer were carted into Burkinafaso “
This the minister said the scale of the act of smuggling led to the ministry of agric withdrawing names of dealers who had records of dabbling in smuggling in the previous years.
He then announced that we have decided to put in place certain measures to safeguard our beloved country Ghana and they include;
” All farm inputs coming into the region must first report to the Regional Coordinating Council for us to know the vehicle, the quantity, and the destination, once they get into the Sissala area, we expect the consignment to be offloaded into shops and sold to the general public”.
The minister added “No long vehicle will be allowed to carry fertilizer in the Sissala East and West area whilst those intending to buy in large quantities must do so with a Police escort. All fertilizer movement must be done within 6AM to 6PM.”The minister reiterated.
The visibly furious minister warned that “Anyone found flouting this rule will have the fertilizer confiscated, sold and the vehicle involved impounded and auctioned”
“Those doing genuine business have allowed the few bad nuts to damage all of you and regretted that that the appeal he once made to them has not yielded any results but assured genuine business persons not to be afraid”
He described the situation of Ghanaians fertilizer flooding the Burkinafaso market as “embarrassing and unacceptable to the nation despite the support that government is giving to farmers once the planting for food and jobs have had a serious positive impact on the people”
“Some of you want to stab the nation at the back and this has become a security threat, we will therefore not allow you to endanger the lives of Ghanaians by taking fertilizer to our neighbors all the time, and should these measures not work, we will introduce more to refrain you from this unpatriotic act “. The minister warned
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