The first prosecuting witness in the trial of the embattled former Chief Executive Officer for the COCOBOD CEO, Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni, has told the court that Dr. Opuni directed scientists to reduce the testing period for agrochemicals.
Dr. Franklin Manu Amoah, the Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) and the first prosecution witness, told the Accra High Court Monday that Dr. Opuni gave the directive shortly after taking office as COCOBOD boss.
According to the witness, Dr. Opuni said his directive was to reduce the high cost of agrochemicals and also prevent few companies from monopolizing agrochemicals for cocoa.
As a result of the directive, Dr Amoah said, testing on Lithovit Foliar Fertilizer for matured cocoa sold by Agricult Ghana Limited was reduced to six months instead of the stipulated minimum period of two years
The said fertilizer is at the centre of the trial in which Dr Opuni and the CEO of Agricult, Seidu Agongo have been accused of causing financial loss of GhȻ271.3m to the state.