4 January 2013

Gambia: Non-Authorised Operators in the Ground Nut Trade Season Warned

The Office of the President has called for an immediate stop by certain non-authorised operators (un-registered by ASPA) purchasing groundnuts from farmers during the current trade season saying it is violating the rules of the trade and government's liberalisation of the official groundnut market.

A press release from State House says that this practice must stop with immediate effect and any company or individual found guilty of violating these policies will pay a heavy price.

The release reads:

It has come to the notice of the office of the President that certain non-authorised operators (un-registered by ASPA) have been purchasing groundnuts from farmers during the current trade season thereby violating the rules of the trade and government's liberalisation of the official groundnut market.This practice must stop with immediate effect.

Concurrently, it is being brought to the notice of all operators that it is a policy of the government that groundnuts should not be exported without value addition.Any company or individual found guilty of violating these policies will pay a heavy price.Security forces are advised to ensure that not a single nut produced in The Gambia is sold and exported illegally.

Gambian farmers are hereby reminded of the huge inputs by government in the form of seeds and fertilizer.Farmers found violating this ban will also be dealt with accordingly. Farmers are also being advised to be careful about operators that purchase their produce on credit.In the event of a problem between such farmers and credit-buyers, government will not intervene to help the farmer recover his/her cash or produce.

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