‘Thirty-four farmers yet to receive compensation’

Accra, GNA – The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers says 34 members whose birds were infected with bird flu and subsequently destroyed last year have not received any compensation from government.

According to Mr Napoleon Agyemang Oduro, Vice President of the association, the affected members were currently in financial difficulties and their kids were in dire need.

Speaking to journalists after the launch of three products by Boris B’s Farms and Veterinary Supplies, Mr Oduro said the association found out this problem after monitoring the situation on their farms.

Mr Oduro appealed to government to investigate and ascertain why only 27 members had been compensated with GH?1.1 million out of the GH?11 million set aside for farmers after Parliamentary approval.

He said payment of the compensation for the 34 members would go a long way to alleviate their plight and encourage more people to venture into the industry.

According to Mr Oduro, the GH?11 million was to be used as compensation, facilitation of public education, payment of service providers and surveillance by veterinary officers among other services.

He said government currently owed the farmers over GH?1 million adding whatever is due the farmers should be paid to them.

Mr Boris Baidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Boris B’ Farms and Veterinary Supplies Ghana Limited said it was important that farmers produced pigs that had more meat than fat in them.

According to him, the three products launched could go a long way to boost meat production and reduce high mortality and stench emanating from litters of animals.

Mr Baidoo said the 40 per cent local production of birds was not easy to come by but that could be achieved with new dimensions in the poultry and pig production. The launch brought together farmers from Western, Central, Volta and Greater Accra Regions

Dr Demir Ozdemir, Regional Technical Manager of Omlan International, a US based firm said the three products; Neoprime, Varium and Poultry guard were currently in over 34 countries.

Source: Ghana News Agency