From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The winner of the 2013 best poultry famer award for the Afigya-Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region, Mr. Alexander Owusu Adjei has appealed to the government to consider the plights of poultry farmers and subsidize the cost of poultry feeds. This he believed when materialized would cushion them to increase their activities.
Mr. Owusu Adjei who is the managing director of the Alowak Farmer in an interview with this reporter after he emerged the best poultry farmer in the district explained that currently the cost of the yellow maize is very high thereby making it very challenging for them to maximize the expected out come.
“ Our burden would be lessened if the government takes second look at the issue as regarding the cost of feedings. If the cost is subsidized it would put us in a better position to expand our operations to boost the economy of the country” he remarked.
According to him, if the cost of feeding is subsidized, the local poultry farmers can employ more unemployed youth .Mr. Owusu said in spite of the fact that he ventured into poultry farming just three years ago he can boast of 12000 birds an 21 sheep but the soaring cost in the feeds of the
birds in particular is not giving him enough room to rope in other animals.
Mr. Owusu again entreated the government to speed up the implementation of national initiative dubbed “an egg per child per day” under the school feeding programme.
He the policy is very laudable in the sense that when implemented it would go along way to create additional means by which the local would market the eggs. “ Government must put in place some measures to address all the bottle neck thwarting the implementation of the intuitive, “ one egg for child ’’under the school feeding programme this would not only enhance the growth of the children but equally create more markets opportunities for the local farmers” he noted. Mr. Owusu who spoke on many issues militating against the sustenance of local poultry industry urged the government to check the influx of sub standard poultry products in particular frozen chicken into the country. He said the prices of the imported chicken are always cheaper than the locally produced live birds which is very detrimental to their industry as majority preferred the frozen meat to the live one. “
It would be of great beneficial to the local poultry farmers if the government takes a pragmatic step to reduce the importation of chicken. Apart from the practice undermining the local industry we learnt the imported chickens are not as safe to the health of the consumer as the live birds” he added.