Imported chicken helping to kill Ghana's poultry industry
More and more Ghanaians are opting for the cheaper imported chicken
resulting in local poultry farmers struggling to keep in
According to John Torto, president of the Ga East Area Poultry Farmers
Association, because of the lack of interest in local poultry some farmers are
unable to sell birds. In some cases birds are being sold at 16 weeks instead of
the usual 8 weeks, which also results in extra feeding costs.
poultry industry is the most developed part of Ghana's livestock sector.
Commercial poultry development began in the late 1960s and then experienced an
unprecedented growth up to the 1980s.
In the 1990s, a total of 10-
registered commercial hatcheries with combined capacities of about 11 million
day old chicks per year, 30 registered commercial feed milling companies and two
processing plants were established in the country, making the poultry industry
However that has changed following the
introduction of trade liberalisation and the import of cheaper
During the time of the National Democratic Congress a 20%
tariff was imposed on chicken which improved the national breeding of broilers.
Then a further 20% tariff was imposed by the new Patriotic Party government
really turned things around for the poultry industry and business grew. Up until
the government changed its mind and removed the tariff.
Torto, Ghanaians can rise to the challenge of meeting the nation's poultry needs
if the government gives poultry farmers the right
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