More than 200 mango farmers from all ten regions of Ghana are calling on their government to urgently conduct an investigation into the conduct of the Exim Bank. They claim it is failing to reimburse mango farmers who were made to go into large-scale cultivation of the crop under an agreement facilitated by EDAIF.
The farmers consider the conduct of Exim Bank as “a classic example of paying mere lip service to national development and economic growth and particularly to agricultural development as exemplified and typified by Exim Bank in their shambolic handling of mango farmers across the country.”
Some of the affected farmers in the Brong Ahafo region said the Exim Bank has demonstrated “shameless disregard, insensitivity and callousness” to these farmers for no apparent reason.
In 2014–2015 through an EDAIF facilitated arrangement, hundreds of interested farmers applied and signed on to the establishment of thousands of acres of mango farms across the country. Exim Bank became the financiers of the project under agreed terms and conditions acceptable to all parties concerned.
The Exim Bank were to reimburse the farmers periodically of specified and agreed self-financed expenses and expenditure on their farms through laid down processes and procedure. It was this incentive that motivated the farmers to sign on to the programme.
Unfortunately, for the past two years, the Exim Bank has withheld its obligation to a majority of the farmers without any communication, prior notification or explanation.
“To make matters more complicated the Exim Bank without stated and transparent criteria or reasons have handpicked some farmers for partial payment while abandoning the majority of farmers,” one grower complained. “This also raises issues of discrimination, favoritism, mischief and corruption.”
According to modernghana.com, the farmers call on the government, the media and the general public to come to their rescue by putting pressure on the Exim Bank to immediately and fully reimburse the affected farmers to save them and their investments.