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May 24, 2011

Government sets up scheme for poultry industry

H.E. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice-President, says the local poultry industry has been given a major boost following government’s decision to establish a poultry support programme, which seeks to revamp the sector.

He adds that the scheme will be similar to the intervention given to the cotton industry recently.

 Mr. Mahama made this known at the Castle Osu, during a meeting with the Executives of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers explaining government is aware of their concerns and is making efforts to address them.

 According to him, Ghana has comparative advantage over other countries as far as poultry farming is concerned, he therefore tasked poultry farmers to address the challenges within their set up whilst government handle those above them.

 The Veep also urged farmers to enhance their entrepreneurial capacities which he said are crucial for the development of the industry.

 Dr. Sugri Tia, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (MFA) in-charge of livestock, on his part stated that the MFA has directed buffer stock companies to sell maize, rice and soya beans directly to poultry farmers.

 He also announced that the Ministry has issued permit to the poultry farmers to import yellow corn.

Source: ISD