Ghana: Mofa Ordered to Disburse Gh¢1.4m Compensation to Poultry Farmers

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The Ministry of Meals and Agriculture (MoFA) has been given a month ultimatum to disburse compensation totaling GH¢1.4 million to farmers, who had their poultry birds destroyed as a result of outbreak of Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza illness, between 2015 and 2018.

Out of the 41 farmers, solely 16 have been paid compensation thus far, though the cash had been launched to the MoFA for onward fee to beneficiaries, since 2022.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament issued the ultimatum in Accra yesterday, when officers of the MoFA appeared earlier than the committee, to supply responses to audit infractions captured within the 2022 Auditor Common’s report.

The report discovered that following the discharge of GH¢1,999,768.10 by the Ministry of Finance for the fee of compensation to farmers affected by the outbreak of illness from 2015 to 2018, solely GH¢191,730.00 was paid to 10 farmers, leaving GH¢1,808,038.10 unaccounted for.

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In response, Abdul Rashid Tahiru, Monetary Controller, MoFA, famous that following the audit, a further GH¢345,000 had been paid to some affected farmers, who introduced the birds’ destruction certificates.

He defined that the farmers, who have been but to obtain compensation, didn’t submit the related documentation, together with the destruction certificates and private financial institution particulars for onward processing for fee.

Mr Tahiru mentioned the discharge from the Ministry of Finance coated birds destroyed from 2015 to 2018 and 2021 as a result of outbreak of the illness.

He added that “presently, we’ve paid compensation to all of the farmers who had their birds destroyed in 2021. These but to be paid have been affected in 2015 to 2018 and we expect them to submit the required documentation to MoFA for onward fee.”

Queried on whether or not the farmers have been conscious of the discharge of the cash, Mr Tahiru, mentioned all regional veterinary officers have been directed to tell the farmers of the supply of the compensation for them to contact the MoFA for fee.

Deputy Minister of MoFA, Yaw Frimpong Addo, mentioned though the ministry took stock of all of the farmers, the presentation of the doc was a requirement earlier than fee might be effected.