Ghana poultry industry crippled by tariff removal
A Ghana agriculturist and says that the government's
removal of import tariffs on chicken, and the subsequent influx of cheap
imports, is responsible for crippling the local poultry industry.
William Awuku Ahiadormey says that a tariff in the 2001 budget was removed
the following June, without being communicated to farmers.
â€œThe message went first to traders, those who were importing chicken. The
message did not go to the farmers,â€ he said. â€œSo farmersâ€¦were thinking that
things were normal. But the traders got the information and they went out to
bring more chicken. So you can see that by the time we got into 2002, imports
went above local production.â€
Citing statistics from the Veterinary Services Department, Ahiadormey said
that up until 2001, local production levels were higher than import
Before 2001, there was always a lot of talk about poultry imports, reduce
imports, use tariffs. But even in those days, local production was clearly
higher than imports,â€ he said.
According to him, by 2005, 64% of chicken eaten in Ghana was imported, with
only 36% being produced locally.
Ghana's Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu says that news of local
farmers exporting poultry indicates that the industry is experiencing growth,
contrary to the position of Mr Ahiadormey. The minister said he would
investigate the claim that the poultry tariffs had been removed without this
being communicated to farmers.
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