John Bewuah Edusei, Vice President of the Confederation for the Development of Poultry in Africa (CADA), has advised Ghanaian leaders to stop playing games and politics with the Agriculture industry of the country.
He said Ghana will have no alternative but to go through hunger and famine if his advice is not heeded to.
Referencing the 2022 United Nations Population Division forecast, Mr. Bewuah Edusei was alarmed that a great famine beckons the country if the leadership do not take some pragmatic steps in domesticating agricultural products.
“The time to plan is now. We either plan towards 2050 today and stop the games and politics or be ready to face the consequences of our actions tomorrow.
“Nobody knows when the next disaster will strike this world, we need to plan ahead and ensure food security before it is too late. If dry Morocco and Burkina [Faso] can grow their food requirements, Green Ghana must do better in maize and chicken production,” he cautioned.
Mr. Bewuah Adusei made these remarks addressing the press in Kumasi.
The purpose of CADA is to promote the poultry industry in Africa, through Training and Defending the interest of African Poultry Players through strategic programs.
It also aims to promote and develop Modern Poultry Farming.
The UN Population Division forecasts that the future population of the world’s countries, based on current demographic trends, will reach 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.3 billion by 2100.
The greater portion of this population growth will happen on the continent of Africa.
According to him, Ghana will have to do more to feed its citizenry as the forecast lays emphasis on animal based protein, especially from poultry products.
“Poultry will have to play a major role going forward. But where are the poultry farms today? It becomes obligatory for us to have a systematic and sustainable development poultry growth plan. Today as we speak, all our major layer farms are down and our broiler production is below 2% of our national requirements,” he lamented.
The CADA Vice President further revealed that some farms have declined from a capacity of 800,000 birds to less than 20,000 describing it as worrying, but “the worse part of it, is the exceptionally high job loses.”
“The number one contribution to the destruction of the poultry industry he noted, is the high cost of maize. As at 2016, a 50KG bag of maize sold for GH₵40. Today that same weight of corn has gone up astronomically to a cost of GH₵280, leaving poultry farmers with no option but to close down,” Mr Bewuah said
According to him, a major reason for this high cost of maize is simply exportation of the product which creates shortages and hence high pricing.
Mr. Bewuah Edusei also lamented that Ghana’s chicken import has almost doubled from $375 million in 2018, noting that government has failed in curbing the high importation figures leading to rampant job losses locally.
By Beatrice Spio-Garbrah|AkomaFM|Onuaonline.com