Ghana ready to export, needs government support

25-08-2006 | |

Darko Farms says Ghana has reached a point where it can export poultry and poultry products to neighbouring countries and even Europe, following the company’s export of 25,000 broiler fertilised eggs to Cameroon.

“We encourage our poultry farmers to expand their farms and we need government support,” Mr Kawku Darko, managing director of Darko Farms said at the Kotoka International Airport when the poultry product was flown out.

The consignment, which is the first of a 100,000 egg order from Cameroon, is the first export of poultry products from the Ghana since the bird flu scare hit a number of countries last year.

Mr Darko, who is also the Chairman of the Poultry Development Board, said though the bird flu scare adversely affected the poultry industry in the country, things had completely changed for the better. “We had to destroy some of our stocks because there was no market. I am excited that we are now in a new day.”

He said apart from Cameroon, other countries such as Nigeria were arranging to import chicken and chicken products from Ghana. “This demonstrates the fact that we have a good reputation as not having the virus.”

Mr Darko said that when the production of food crops, whose by-products were used in preparing chicken feed, such as maize, were enhanced it would result in the reduction in the price of poultry and poultry products. Mr Darko urged the Government to assist producers of such crops to ensure not only good harvests but also a booming poultry industry.