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COCOBOD has terminated the appointment of Alex Asante Afrifa, principal research scientist, for misconducting himself in several ways, which led to the procurement of millions of dollars worth of fertiliser which had not been properly tested for use on cocoa.

Dr Richard Adu-Acheampong, principal research scientist, has also been suspended for three months on grounds that he allegedly misconducted himself when he recommended the product to be used on cocoa at the time he knew that Residue Analysis had not been done.

Other members of the group were J.D. Clottey-Sefa, Director of Legal Services; Francis Akwasi Opoku, acting Solicitor Secretary; and George E. Ferguson Laing, Deputy Legal Manager. The committee held sittings at Cocoa House on October 9, 12, and 20, 2017 to conduct the inquiry.

According to the report, Akati Power fertiliser, distributed by Alive Industries Limited, did not go through full trial because Dr Stephen Opuni, the then CEO of COCOCOD, instructed the lead scientist, Dr Richard Adu-Acheampong, to shorten the trial process.

It accused Afrifa of fabricating the report on Duapa fertiliser as the other scientists named in the report as co-authors – Dr Alfred Arthur, soil science division; Jerome Dugbatse, research scientist; and Dr Ofori-Frimpong – denied knowledge of the reports.

Consequently, the report said the claim that trials were conducted in various parts of the country is false; therefore, the recommendation in the report that Duapa fertiliser could be used on matured cocoa has no scientific basis.In the report, Dr Opuni was accused of insisting that Afrifa shorten the process of certifying the product, and as a result, the only basis of the recommendation is that the product shared similar properties with other already approved products like Asasewura and Cocoafeed.

The recommendation to use Lithovit on matured cocoa trees has been described as without scientific basis since no trials were conducted on matured cocoa trees with Lithovit fertiliser.The committee’s report accused Afrifa of grossly misconducting himself when he issued a report claiming that field trials for testing on Lithovit and Duapa fertilisers had been conducted when in fact they had been done.

COCOBOD has terminated the appointment of Alex Asante Afrifa, principal research scientist, for misconducting himself in several ways, which led to the procurement of millions of dollars worth of fertiliser which had not been properly tested for use on cocoa.

Dr Richard Adu-Acheampong, principal research scientist, has also been suspended for three months on grounds that he allegedly misconducted himself when he recommended the product to be used on cocoa at the time he knew that Residue Analysis had not been done.

Other members of the group were J.D. Clottey-Sefa, Director of Legal Services; Francis Akwasi Opoku, acting Solicitor Secretary; and George E. Ferguson Laing, Deputy Legal Manager. The committee held sittings at Cocoa House on October 9, 12, and 20, 2017 to conduct the inquiry.

According to the report, Akati Power fertiliser, distributed by Alive Industries Limited, did not go through full trial because Dr Stephen Opuni, the then CEO of COCOCOD, instructed the lead scientist, Dr Richard Adu-Acheampong, to shorten the trial process.

It accused Afrifa of fabricating the report on Duapa fertiliser as the other scientists named in the report as co-authors – Dr Alfred Arthur, soil science division; Jerome Dugbatse, research scientist; and Dr Ofori-Frimpong – denied knowledge of the reports.

In view of the above, the committee said that the certificate issued for Lithovit was not for liquid fertiliser. Dr Opuni, in a letter dated February 25, 2014, requested Agricult to quote 700,000 litres of Lithovit fertiliser (i.e. liquid fertiliser), and in March 2014 signed $19.2 million ($19,250,000) when Lithovit liquid fertiliser had not been tested and approved.The committee said Agricult Company Limited submitted a quote for Lithovit liquid fertiliser when they knew that they had not submitted Lithovit liquid fertiliser for testing.

Consequently, the committee asked that the conduct of Dr Opuni and Afrifa, the scientist who issued the report on the Lithovit and Agricult Limited, the supplier, should be reported to the state investigation bodies for investigations regarding the approval and procurement of millions of dollars worth of the product, which had not been properly tested for use on cocoa.

As a result, the committee said there was no basis for the issuance of the certificate, and there was also no evidence that the product works on cocoa. It recommended that the contract for the purchase of Metacide should be abrogated and the certificate withdrawn.