Aveyime Livestock Project Was Beneficial — Witness

The Aveyime Livestock Project, in the Volta Region, was viable when it was funded by the Italian Government and the European Union Development Fund between 1973 and 1993.

The Italian Government first funded the project from 1973, the year of its establishment, to 1983 (10 years) and was taken over by the European Union from 1983 to 1993 (another 10 years) until the government finally acquired the site compulsorily without paying compensation to the landowners.

Mr. James Adomako Addai, Principal Economics Officer at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP), disclosed this when he submitted a detailed report on the cattle ranch to the Judgement Debts Commission yesterday.

He said that the skeletal cattle now left had been handed over to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to rear.

When the Sole Commissioner, Mr Justice Yaw Apau, asked him (Adomako) whether the state had ever benefited from the livestock project, the witness (Adomako) answered in the affirmative.

According to the Principal Economics Officer, there was large scale production of milk and cattle for both local and international consumption, but sadly enough, the project’s fortunes had dwindled tremendously.

However, the family of Mr. Carmichael, the former Managing Director (a non-Ghanaian), managed to collect $2.4million as compensation on January 6, 2009, under a certificate of urgency under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.

In another development, the Director of Legal Affairs at MoFA, Mr Seth Dumoga, could not appear to give evidence in relation to the compensation paid to the Carmichael family by the state even after an invitation had been extended to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to make an appearance yesterday.

He was also expected to tell the commission why the state delayed in paying for the 21,000 tonnes of maize it bought from Delta Foods Company resulting in the payment of 20 billion old cedis (GH¢2million) as judgement debt.

Sitting resumes on Monday, July 14. By Castro Zangina-Tong


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