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10.05.2007 General News

Farmers call for probe

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Members of the Adakwa Farmers Association have appealed to the Minister of Food and Agriculture to probe the way ¢53 million it approved to the association was utilized.

They claimed that a corn mill purchased for the association out of the facility by the Farmers Based Organisation (FBO) in the Suhum Kraboa/Coaltar District had never function since the machine was installed.

The members claimed that similar corn mills purchased by the FBO for other farmers association in the area at Adakwa Ntukum and Abobri had also not been functioning.

Mr. Samuel K. Owusu, Chairman of the Adakwa Farmers Association made the appeal during the inspection of one of such corn mills at Adakwa.

The Secretary to the Adakwa Farmers Association, Mr Alexander Adu-Adjei said last year, members of the association received a letter from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Extension Service at Accra that they have approved the purchased of corn mill, rearing of grass cutter and snail for the association and that ¢53 million had been paid into the account of the association.

He said on July 13th last year, one Mr Tabi, a Cooperative Officer at Suhum and some officials of the FBO called on the Secretary and the Treasurer, Mr. Bismark Siaw and asked them to withdraw the money which was deposited in their account for the purchase of the corn mill.

Mr Adu-Adjei said the money was withdrawn and handed over to Mr Tabi and the officials of the FBO who introduced one Mr Newman as the sales agent of the manufacturers of corn mills.

He said two weeks later, Mr Newman brought a white painted corn mill with a receipt which indicate that the corn mill cost ¢12.2 million.

Mr Adu-Adjei said Mr Newman, who was said to reside at Ashiaman installed the corn mill and since the installation nine months ago, the corn mill had never functioned.

He said apart from the corn mill, members of the association also received a letter from the same Ministry that 20 breading grass cutter had been made available to the association for rearing at the cost of ¢14,500,000 but only ten have been received.

Mr Adu-Adjei said all attempts by members of the association to get in touch with Mr Tabi, officials of the FBO and Mr Newman to change the corn mill had failed and for fear that the members of the association would be asked to account for the ¢53 million, many of them had resigned from the association.

Source: GNA

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