Poultry farmers call for stakeholder engagement to save industry from collapse
Ashanti Regional Poultry Farmers Association President Boris Baidoo has called for national stakeholder engagement to find solutions to prevent the collapse of the poultry industry.
He said a roadmap to alleviate the bottlenecks facing the industry needs to be thoroughly discussed by stakeholders so that they can appreciate and understand the existing challenges.
He made the call at a Fund Summit co-hosted by Fidelity Bank and eco.business for Sunyani poultry farmers.
The summit was held under the theme: “The Future of Poultry Production: Economic and Sustainable Solutions to Current Challenges in the Sector”.
The two-day summit brought together approximately 100 poultry industry stakeholders from the Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, North East, Upper West, Upper East and Savannah regions.
Participants included farmers, livestock experts, insurance companies and exporters of agricultural products, among others.
Participants brainstormed on sustainable solutions to the challenges currently facing the local poultry sector in order to support the industry.
Lack of supportive policies
Addressing the attendees, Dr Baidoo, who is also chief executive of Boris B’s group of companies, said the industry lacked supportive policies to carry out its agenda of restricting the influx of frozen chicken.
He said that despite the implementation of several government interventions, the program had not been met, making it difficult for the industry to realize its full potential.
Dr. Baidoo expressed the need to enact conducive policies to improve the agriculture and livestock sectors, saying, “Ghana has no excuse for not producing enough maize and soybeans, which are part of integral part of our feed formulations, given the availability of vast arable land. ”.
Raw material cost
He said he was sad to see that the poultry industry had been hit by scarcity and high cost of raw materials, due to the current global recession, leading to a drastic decline in the operation of the poultry sector. .
Dr Baidoo said the poultry industry has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic which has exposed the vulnerability of the sector in particular and Ghanaian industries in general.
He said, however, that regardless of the challenges, poultry farmers cannot live in denial of the many potentials in the areas of job creation through the poultry value chain, income generation , health and rural poverty reduction.
Dr Baidoo said that currently around 90% of chicken consumption in the country is imported.
He said that due to the lack of a market for chicken meat, most poultry farmers have turned to table egg production as an alternative to keep their farms operational.
Dr Baidoo said the industry was very dynamic in the 1980s, meeting the country’s protein needs to the point of exporting some of its production to neighboring countries.
Chairman of the board of the eco.business fund, Jens Mackensen, said the support of the eco.Business fund goes beyond access to finance.
He explained that the summit, co-hosted with Fidelity, demonstrated their commitment to supporting farmers and industry players in the country by equipping producers with the skills they need to withstand potential threats to their businesses and adapt to the harsh global environment and climate change.