Ghana: Imports more threatening than bird flu
The level of poultry production in Ghana is on steady
decline due to imports and lack of governmental support, according to a
The government has been asked to increase its support and protection to
local farmers to help keep them in business and to aid the national
The report claims that the situation is due to an upsurge of chicken parts
that have flooded the local markets from abroad, and also fuelled by a lack of
willpower from successive governments to assist peasant farmers.
The Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN) and Social Enterprise
Development Foundation (SEND Foundation) of West Africa, presented the report,
and were supported by the National Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana.
Leaving broiler production behind
Ute Hausmann of FIAN International said the situation has caused most
poultry farmers to move out of broiler production and concentrate on producing
eggs, which does not enable them an all-year round income.
"The move-away from the production of broilers was mainly due to the
difficulty of accessing markets and the low profits as a result of low producer
prices and rising costs of inputs", she said, adding that the importation of
chicken parts into the country is more threatening to farmers than the scare of
She accused the government of failing to increase the level of import
tariffs, although it has been aware that, for several years, the income of
poultry farmers is severely threatened by cheap imports.
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