By Prince Paul Amuzu:
The Minister for Agric, Honorable Dr. Afriyie Akoto has denied speculations of government’s intention to place a ban on poultry importation into the country. He said the government had no plan of banning poultry imports in to the country but it will rather concentrate on building the capacity of the local poultry industry.
Speaking in a press conference to clear the speculation, the minister said that the ministry would put a lot of effort into making the poultry industry more competitive by reducing the cost of feed, which is a major headache for farmers.
He also noted that poultry farmers also have to grapple with the high cost of credit and the difficulty in accessing it unlike their foreign counterpart who pay almost zero interest on loans.
According to him, banning poultry imports would be a big mistake because currently local producers were not able to meet the market demand. He was however ,quick to add that the country would produce enough soya beans and maize, the main ingredients of poultry feed through the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs ‘ campaign which module is premised on the highly successful ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ programme of the 1970s.
‘The maize and the soya beans are meant to go into the poultry industry to reduce the cost of production of poultry and ultimately reduce the huge amount poultry coming into the country. This will generate a lot of jobs,’ he added.