Fraud in grain production certificates referred to anti-corruption commission-Agriculture ministry

The Ministry of Agriculture referred the file of grain production certificates of origin issued by some agricultural directorates to the Jordan Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (JIACC), for violations reported by auditing committees formed by Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hneifat said the ministry has detected repeated violations over the past months, adding multiple certificates were issued to several beneficiaries for the same parcel of land.

Based on this information, he said the committees found violations in the mechanism of granting certificates of origin.

In Irbid governorate, he said the committees found that the fake lands, which were granted certificates of origin for grains, has reached 25, 000 dunums at 47.4% of the total 50,982 dunums that submitted applications to receive these documents.

119 out of 351 applicants were involved in the irregularities, he said, adding that their applications to obtain certificates of origin were declined.

Expected value to be generated from certificates of origin for fake lands reaches JD1.6 million, he said.

The ministry, he noted, has put in place tight monitoring mechanisms to grant certificates of origin to lands used for field crops to stop any attempts to tamper and infringe on the true farmer’s rights.

The minister directly followed up on the process of granting certificates of origin for grain crops for 2022 season, and removed fake farms from eligible lists to obtain certificates of origin, the statement said.

To spur and expand cultivated areas, grain crops, wheat and barley receive government subsidy at more than double their world price

Source: Jordan News Agency