Former President, John Dramani Mahama has appealed to the government to make efforts to save the country’s poultry industry from collapsing.
Speaking on Moonlite Radio as part of the second phase of his ‘thank you tour’ to various regions of the country, John Mahama has lamented the poor state of poultry farmers in the country.
He said due to current hardships in the country, farmers are unable to buy food for their birds.
“You can ask the Poultry Farmers Association. They will tell you the assistance we [NDC Government] gave them that boosted their poultry industry. But today the poultry industry is in a poor state. Their main input is corn; add vitamins, Keta schoolboys, and other ingredients as their feed. But today you can’t even buy the corn. It is a challenge getting it for even for your own consumption, how much more your chickens,” the former President said.
He claimed due to the current conditions of poultry farmers, those he has engaged with has decided to opt out of the business.
“This has forced many farmers to stop the poultry business. My brother who has over 1000 birds and has been selling their eggs says soon he will be selling the birds and won’t venture into the poultry business again until he is certain he can give the birds the proper care they need,” John Dramani Mahama added.
The industry that contributes so much to the entire country is under threat also due to the outbreak of bird flu in several parts of the country.
According to John Mahama, government must show leadership to save the poultry industry from collapsing.
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Source: Modern Ghana