Ghana’s govt announces poultry support programme

23-05-2011 | | |

The government in Ghana is to establish a Poultry Support Programme to revamp the poultry industry in coming years, the country’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama announced on Friday.

The move is geared towards creating job opportunities for Ghanaian youth and to sustain the poultry industry and make the domestic poultry attractive to consumers.

The programme was announced following a meeting with members of the Ghana National Poultry Farmers and officials of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). The meeting was the third in the series that they had held with the Vice President to discuss and find solutions to their challenges of high cost of poultry feeds and vaccines, expensive day old chicks and competition from imported frozen chicken.

The Vice President called on the MoFA to release yellow corn from their buffer stocks for the poultry farmers to avoid the perennial importation of poultry feed which had over the years aggravated their financial situation.

Kwadwo Asante, Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry farmers, appealed to officials of the MoFA to remove the bottlenecks that impeded the smooth collaboration between their outfit and farmers.

He said inadequate communication had over the years crippled the activities of the farmers and gave the assurance that farmers would continue to play their roles responsibly to ensure adequate poultry for both domestic and external consumption.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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