The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association is calling on the government to take immediate and drastic measures to revive the once-vibrant industry.
The call comes on the back of reports by the importers and exporters association that the government has scrapped the 30% benchmark value reduction policy. On numerous occasions, players in the country’s poultry industry have lamented the unfair competition they face from imported products which are mostly cheaper than local ones, making it difficult for local players to enjoy a majority market share and expand their businesses.
The poultry industry in the past year also suffered many setbacks and was on the verge of collapse due to difficulty in accessing feed due to a shortage of maize and the outbreak of bird flu.
In an interview with Citi Business News, a Board Member of the Greater Accra Poultry Framers Association, Kwame Ntim Duoduo said the government must attention to the industry to help it expand
“If the government were to meet the poultry farmers and work out the math together of how much maize is needed for the industry that will be a solution to the shortages we have been having”.
He added, “Also for the industry to grow then the government may say in one or two years we want to reduce importation of poultry by this amount, so position yourselves to fill that space so that amount of chicken which will no longer be imported in Ghana so farmers should take that up so before any policy changes like the benchmark then farmers can make up for that shortfall so we have to work together”