The 2017 National Best Farmer, Phillip Kweku Agyemang, argued that despite substantial support from the NPP-led government, through the current COCOBOD chief executive, it would not be a justification for him to lie about the effectiveness of Lithovit liquid fertilizer.
The National Best Farmer told court Monday, July 18 that he could personally attest to the effectiveness of Lithovit because he had used the fertilizer before on his farms.
During cross-examination by Seidu Agongo’s attorney, Advocate Nutifafa Nutsukpui asked the witness, “So sir, if ever you were to use an agrochemical that is not effective, you never sit down leaves to sing the praises of this chemical. Is it correct?”
The National Best Farmer replied, “So it is my lord. The Lithovit fertilizer I used really helped me and if it didn’t I wouldn’t be singing its praises. I must say that the Honorable Joseph Boahen Aidoo [the current chief executive of COCOBOD] was a huge help to me. He knows my farms. So he and some COCOBOD officials helped me get free borehole, irrigation and solar system on my farms. In 2018 they also sent me to Switzerland and took care of all the costs related to the trip.
“My lord, when I received the Lithovit liquid fertilizer, it was not under the mandate of the Honorable Joseph Boahen Aidoo, but it helped me and if it does not, I will not come here to say otherwise.”
Phillip Kweku Agyemang also told the court that his colleagues who used Lithovit liquid fertilizer between 2014 and 2016 also sang the product’s praises after it helped boost their yields.
The chief producer currently owns 22 cocoa farms totaling 147 acres in the Bono region as well as several acres of cash crops including palms, coconuts, corn, cashews, oranges and plantains. It also has several herds of cattle, fish ponds, as well as goat, sheep and poultry farms.
Mr. Kweku Agyemang, who is also the 2011 National Best Farmer Awards 2nd runner-up, testified as a subpoenaed witness in the trial of former COCOBOD Managing Director Dr. Seidu Agongo business in the purchase of Lithovit Liquid Fertilizer between 2014 and 2016.
The witness is the third farmer to testify to confirm the effectiveness of lithovit liquid fertilizer.
The prosecution closed its case last year by calling seven witnesses, but did not call a single farmer, as an end user of the fertilizer it claimed was worthless, to testify on behalf of the State.
This is the case of parquet that the liquid fertilizer Lithovit purchased by COCOBOD between 2014 and 2016 did not get its money’s worth. The defendants were therefore charged with causing financial loss to the state, among other charges.
However, the accounts of two farmers who appeared in court, before the National Best Farmer, testified that Lithovit liquid fertilizer is effective and gave them a bumper harvest, calling the product a “messiah” and a “saviour”. .
Meanwhile, Phillip Kweku Agyemang maintained that nothing would make him turn his back on Mr Boahen Aidoo for all the support he received from the latter.
“Now how do you tell the court that you are not testifying to favor anyone,” lawyer Nutifafa asked the witness.
He reiterated, “My Lord, if that was the case, I would not have come to this court. When I was told that I had been summoned to appear in court, I told the lawyer that I did not want to be involved in court cases. Monsignor, if it were not for the fact that I have benefited from the use of Lithovit Fertilizer, I would not have been here because no promise of help can compare to what the Honorable Joseph Boahen Aidoo did for me. Also, if Lithovit Liquid Fertilizer didn’t benefit me, I’m a Christian and I swore to the bible. I know the repercussions it will bring me if I don’t tell the truth.
“Responding to a question about the comparison of Lithovit liquid fertilizer with other fertilizers, the witness said “it gave me a lot more yield than when I used the other fertilizers”.
The attorney drew the witness’s attention to the fact that the state brought the defendants to court to be punished for causing financial loss to the state for supplying the same liquid Lithovit fertilizer that he used, and asked him what he thought of it.
He noted, “My Lord, it will be very distressing for us farmers to hear such a thing because the Lithovit fertilizer we used has been of immense benefit to us farmers.
The trial presided over by Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, a Supreme Court judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, was adjourned until Monday July 21 for Mr Agyemang to be cross-examined by the prosecution. .