Ghana poultry industry to receive a €146,400 boost

20-07-2012 | | |

The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers is to receive a €146,392 (350,000 Ghanaian cedi) to boost the operations of the members and reinvigorate the poultry industry. The money comes from an international trading group.

The money would be used to support the Association’s “broiler project”, under which the farmers would be supplied with breeding equipment, day-old chicks and exposed to feeding techniques that would make the fowls ready for the market within six weeks.

Mr Kwadwo Asante, the National President, disclosed that the money would come from Liberty Commodities Limited, an international trading group.

The group has also offered to provide the farmers with ready market.

Mr Asante said that the poultry sector, if given the needed aid, could play important role in the socio-economic development of the nation.

It could for example generate about 600,000 jobs and that is why everything must be done to give adequate protection to the poultry industry and save it from collapsing.

He said the present situation where Ghana imports about 200,000 tonnes of poultry products annually must change.

He spoke of plans to meet with both, the Ministries of Trade and Industry, and Food and Agriculture, as well as the Ghana Revenue Authority to discuss ways of tackling challenges facing the farmers.

These include high prices for poultry inputs, the unfair competition and lack of credit facilities.

Source: Ghana News Agency