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06.11.2019 Agriculture

Poultry Farmers Vow To Follow GUTA Action If Gov’t Fails To ‘Keep Promises’

By James Appiakorang Jnr, || Kumasi
Poultry Farmers Vow To Follow GUTA Action If Gov’t Fails To ‘Keep Promises’

The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers has warned the government to keep to its promise of ban importation of poultry in three years' time.

The association which has been complaining about the nation losing too much money through the importation of poultry products for some time now says they will have no option than to advise themselves ‘the GUTA way’ if the government does not keep its promise.

Speaking at the opening of the Poultry, Aquaculture and Livestock Show (PALS) Africa 2019, a member of the association and Chief Executive of PALS Mr. John Bewuah Edusei warned that they have spent so much time trying to jaw-jaw with government and other stakeholders and will soon advise themselves.

“If the government is unable to ban the importation of chicken in three years as the Minister of Agric announced, we will solve our own problems like what GUTA is doing now”. He said.

Members of the Ghana Union Traders Association embarked on an operation to close shops belonging to Nigerians that are involved in retailing in and around the Suame.

Even though some Ghanaians have called for a more diplomatic approach, many are of the view that the GUTA members are only enforcing the laws the law enforcers have failed to.

Mr. Bewuah said they had done ‘too much talking and appeals’ but the successive government has paid deaf ears.

“Poultry Farmers will have to confront those who are destroying our industry. It is an eyesore and we cannot continue to look on”. He noted passionately.

National chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers Mr. Victor Oppong Adjei reiterated the need for government to keep its promise.

He described as unfortunate the inability of successive governments to help improve the poultry industry in Ghana.

He noted that in 2012, Poultry impacted the American economy by $265 billion and increased to $469 billion and $1.02 trillion in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

“Assuming we get just one percent of their 2016 income, Ghana would be far better than we are now”, he said.