By Catherine Ahiador:
Mr. Napoleon Agyemang Oduro, Vice Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers has stated in no uncertain terms that the country’s economic woes which continue to affect the poultry industry can be attributed to the country accepting the Trade Liberalization.
Mr. Oduro who was contributing to Tuesday’s Akuafo Sesen on Rite FM stated plainly that the acceptance of the Trade Liberalization by Ghana in the late 1980s is the downfall of the country’s economic status which by extension affects the poultry industry.
Trade liberalization which is the removal or reduction restrictions or barrier on the free exchange of goods between nations includes the reduction of tariffs such as duties and charges on goods.
He elaborated that the policy which allows Ghana to import everything including chewing sticks, toothpaste and even poultry birds has taken a toll on the poultry industry.
Mr. Oduro Napoleon highlighted on the fact that Ghanaians consume about 95% of poultry birds and that if the government can help the local farmers to produce about 40% out of the 95%, then the local industry can come back to life. “It’ is a good idea if the government really means to implement this policy through a documented procedure,” Mr. Napoleon Oduro pointed out.