Management of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has initiated moves to deal with persons illegally diverting fertilizer and farm inputs meant for cocoa farmers in the country.
In a press statement, COCOBOD says it has become aware of how some unscrupulous persons are diverting the subsidized fertilizers and selling them for profit.
The statement issued by management warns that any persons found to be engaged in the act will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
“It has come to the attention of Management of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) that cocoa fertilizers supplied to cocoa farmers through various farmer Cooperatives/Groups and Associations for application on farms are being diverted and sold by unscrupulous persons.
“COCOBOD will, therefore, like to use this medium to caution all persons involved in this illegal act to desist from the practice or risk facing the full rigours of the law, which will include arrest and prosecution. We also wish to caution cocoa farmers who are conniving with such miscreants in the diversion of the subsidized fertilizers to refrain from it immediately or face the consequences of their actions,” parts of the COCOBOD release issued on Thursday, August 18 reads.
The statement further calls on security agencies to be vigilant and intercept suspected cocoa fertilizers, chemicals, and other inputs in the possession of persons without the required documentation covering the movement of such items for further investigations.
Below is a copy of the COCOBOD release: