‘Poultry farmers urged to embrace new dimensions’

Accra – Mr Napoleon Agyemang Oduro, Vice Chairman of Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) have tasked poultry farmers to re- position themselves and embrace new dimensions in the industry to create jobs and increase products.

According to Mr Oduro some farmers were comfortable in doing the old things which did not achieve results.

Mr Oduro said this at the launch of three new products by Boris B’s Farms and Veterinary Supplies Ghana Limited, a giant Distributor of animal feed and drugs to boost poultry and meat production in the country.

The launch brought together farmers from Western, Central, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.

One of the products Neoprime, is a new intestinal and immunity primer for weaning piglets and improving feed conversion and weight gain in pigs.

Varium also seeks to reduce mortality among piglets and poultry, while Poultry Guard an acidified clay helps reduce litter moisture of piglets and eliminates stench at poultry farms.

Mr Oduro welcomed the three products saying farmers were ready to work with products that would revamp the poultry industry that had struggled over the years.

He said the poultry industry had been plagued with many challenges over the past 30 years adding that there had not been any national investment in the sector.

He therefore tasked all stakeholders to embark on holistic approach and confront challenges facing the industry in order to increase revenue and create jobs in the country.

According to him, if the poultry industry was given the needed attention, over one million jobs could be created in the country.

Mr Oduro was not enthused with the performance of poultry industry in the country adding that currently, the industry was unable to make the 40 per cent mark of producing products on the local market adding it only made less than one per cent of its target.

He appealed to government to pay attention to the value chain of the poultry industry to help increase government revenue.

Mr Oduro said the worm infestation was going to affect the poultry industry although he could not tell its extent and urged stakeholders to unite to find solutions to that.

He noted that under the pilot project on Revitalisation of broilers for local consumption only 300,000 birds representing were produced and government still owed Boris B’s Farms which financed the 300,000 broilers in August 2016 GH?8 million in the Revitalisation of project.

He explained that only two million cedis had been paid to Boris B’s Farms and Veterinary Supplies and adding the association had written to government to assist Boris B’s farms to recoup his money.

Source: Ghana News Agency