The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) has called on the government to set up a Poultry Council to help address problems affecting the industry.
The National Chairman, Mr Kwadwo Asante, who made the appeal at Abuakwa-Maakro in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, said the high cost of feed products and the associated problems facing the industry were major sources of worry to them.
“The country imports between 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of frozen (broilers) chicken annually, where as about 600 people could be recruited to work on day-old chicks up to maturity stage instead of importing the frozen birds into the country.”
Mr Asante re-echoed the association’s determination to contribute towards job creation in the country in the areas of egg and live birds trading, as well as those who wished to stock their cold stores with broiler chicken.
He said a lot of challenges were facing soya cake millers like Ghana Nuts at Techiman, Vesta Oil Limited in Kumasi, as well as Three K and A, among others, and said the situation had affected their investments in the country.
Mr Asante also said some of the hatcheries had collapsed, making it impossible to produce sufficient day-old chicks to feed the numerous poultry farms across the country.