Victor Oppong Adjei, the president of the Chicken Farmers Association, claims that the government has declined to make interventions to prevent the collapse of the local poultry business.
Mr. Adjei lamented the industry’s problems in a media interview on August 17, 2022, saying that poultry producers confront several difficulties, with the cost of production ranking high on the list.
“We have been facing so many challenges but have not been given the listening ears.”
The majority of poultry farms in the nation, according to the Association, are essentially empty. The Association is concerned that frozen poultry imports may supplant its market.
Victor Oppong Adjei lamented the fact that the local chicken business still has to compete with imported poultry’s low costs.
He recommended that there should be a program to control the entire industry in order to decrease imports and support local businesses.
He questioned, “We have been claiming that poultry alone can provide one million jobs, but are we going to sit back and watch the business go under?”
The group responded to the government’s initiative to promote rearing for food and employment by arguing that the local industry has not reaped the full benefits of the program.
“Unfortunately, we allowed the neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, and others to troop in to buy all the maize to the various countries, therefore, creating shortage in Ghana”.
“Government invested about 978 million cedis into this programme, so it is the local industry that has to benefit from the initiative”.
Meanwhile, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ghana imported 360,000 metric tonnes of chicken in 2021, up from 295,165 metric tonnes in 2020.