UER :Inauguration of 2017 PFAG Fertilizer watch dogs to be held in Paga

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) will hold their  inaugural ceremony of the “2017 PFAG fertilizer watch dogs” in Paga in the Upper East Region.

The concept of setting up border town fertilizer watchdogs has been mooted by PFAG to help protect
the tax payer’s money and also to compliment government’s efforts of making fertilizer accessible to
farmers.

In 2008, the government of Ghana implemented fertilizer subsidy programme in response to dramatic
increases in food and fertilizer prices in 2007. The subsidy component in 2008 and 2009 was 51% and
since then, there has been reduction in the subsidy up to 2016. In 2017 government announced its
intention to increase the subsidy to 50%. PFAG envisions possible smuggling in 2017 as has been the
case when fertilizer prices in Ghana were lower than that of our neigbouring countries and also due to
price differences between open market and subsidized fertilizer.

In this regard, PFAG has identified volunteers in all hotspots/border towns in the three northern regions
where fertilizer smuggling is high to support the security agencies with relevant information.

The inauguration will bring together farmers, Custom officers, CEPS, Regional and District Police
representatives, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) representatives, traditional leaders and
the media. All these stakeholders are expected to play a role to help improve the fertilizer subsidy
programme and limit the smuggling.

Being supportive agricultural development in Ghana, The event will be preceded by
a stakeholder deliberation on the fertilizer subsidy programme on the 27th.

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