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22.04.2007 General News

Poultry farming lacks market


The unavailability of market for poultry and livestock production in Asante-Akim District is posing a threat to the industry.

The problem is fast establishing itself as the major challenge to the farmers in the area despite the increasing number of people embracing the industry.

These came to light at a day's seminar to discuss the challenges and prospects in the poultry industry with emphasis on alternative feeding regimes at Konongo on Friday.

The seminar, which was organized by Ghana Agro Food Company (GAFCO), was on the theme, "Feed and Feeding Management and its Impact on Livestock Production".

Over 200 poultry, livestock and fish farmers drawn from Asante-Akim North and South districts attended it.

During an open forum, the farmers took turns to express their displeasure about the lack of market for their birds and livestock, saying, it was a disincentive to their efforts.

They said the situation was a threat to their businesses and called on the government to create marketing avenues for them to sustain the industry.

Mr Lawrence Obeng, a representative of GAFCO, appealed to the farmers to use professional expertise in the management of their farms in order to achieve results.

He said marketing was a core component of the management of farms hence imperative to source for marketing avenues before going into production.

Mr Obeng urged the farmers to move away from the traditional way of managing their farms and adopt a more professional method to maximize profit.

Source: GNA