Ghana to impose law to control hatchery practices
Ghana’s Poultry Development Board, in collaboration with the Veterinary Council, is seeking to pass a law on poultry hatchery practice in the country.
According to executive secretary of the Board, Nicholas Oteng, the law would help check unsanitary and poor hygienic conditions of hatcheries. He said that the improper hatchery practices were playing a very negative role in the industry. He went on to say that since the industry played a crucial role in the country’s economy, there was the need to eliminate certain substandard practices.
Another issue that Oteng commented on was the high cost of feed, which is hard for the farmers to afford and is adding further pressure on the industry.
Regional minister Ignatius Baffour-Awuah advised poultry farmers to form groups to enable them to access loans to expand their businesses. He also expressed concern regarding the high level of consumption of imported poultry products, which he attributed to the poor hygienic practices in the local industry.
Regional secretary of the association, Anthony Abu, appealed to the government to impose higher tariffs on the importation of poultry products to enhance the growth of the local industry.