Agro-Chemical Stealing Syndicate Smashed At Dadieso

AN agro-chemical smuggling syndicate made up of some staff of the COCOBOD and individuals operating at Suaman Dadieso in the Western Region, has been smashed, with the arrest of two persons, named only as Mustapha and Archepelago, and the interdiction of two staff of Cocobod (names withheld).

A Kia truck, with registration number AS 4977 T, used to smuggle the agro-chemicals, has been impounded and 89 bags of cocofeed fertiliser, retrieved.

The syndicate, was busted following a year-long investigations by the COCOBOD Intelligence Unit and National Security, and believed to be working in connivance with some staff of COCOBOD, to smuggle fertiliser and agro-chemicals, across the border to Cote d’Ivoire.

Briefing The Ghanaians Times in Accra on Monday, of the arrest, the Director of Special Services, of COCOBOD, Col. Matthew Dakurah (Rtd), said the Intelligence Unit picked up information that a Kia truck, loaded with fertilisers, was heading towards the Ivorian border.

Following the information, the official from the unit quickly rushed to the border only to realize that the truck had returned to Lugu, a border town in the district after offloading the fertilizsers at an unknown destination.

But after the arrest and painstaking investigations, and with the assistance of the Chief Farmer of Suaman Dadieso, Samuel Boadi Morgan, and the District Chief Executive, Joseph Betino, the fertilisers were traced to the shop of Mustapha, and he was arrested together Archepelago, the owner of the Kia truck.

Their two accomplices,  currently on the run, are believed to be hiding in  Cote d’Ivoire and are being sought  by the police to assist with the investigations.

COCOBOD, at the beginning of the year, announced a Fertiliser-Free Farm Project, as an intervention to increase cocoa production.

Farms which are not cocoa swollen shoot virus (CSSV) infested or over 30 years of age, will receive either granular or foliar fertilizers.

“The fertilizers, which are distributed through district cocoa officers, have seen some unscrupulous people taking advantage to smuggle them,” Col. Dakurah lamented.

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