Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto has challenged the Ranking Member for Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee, Erick Opoku to show him evidence at the Committee level that suggests donkeys smuggled fertilisers to Burkina Faso.
According to him he is glad that the House is a House of record and anything said should come with evidence. “Produce record to that effect that officials from the Ministry, quote that then I would answer that question”.
Mr. Erick Opoku told the House that at the approval of the 2022 budget last year at the Committee level an official from the Ministry said donkeys were smuggling fertilisers to neighbouring Burkina Faso.
And wanted to know from the Minister what he is doing about that as a supplementary question when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso Dr. Kingsley Nyarko had an urgent question in his name asking the Minister on measures to address complaints from farmers about unavailability and high prices of fertilisers.
Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin noted that order 671 (1) D should be taken into consideration and said the issue raised by the Food and Agriculture Minister is an issue that should be verified and proven.
“Whether the Committee can produce that record, they are part of the House, any time you get that record you are at liberty to come to the House”.