Chairman of the Community 3 Livestock Farmers Association, Mr Akwasi Amankwa, has tasked government to put in place measures to curb the spread of the purported outbreak of bird flu in some parts of the country.
According to him, the way the government handles the bird flu menace creates the impression that some politicians and businessmen who import frozen chicken into the country connive with agriculture officers to create fear and panic.
Mr Amankwa further lamented that agriculture officers do not visit the farms regularly to check on the poultry but were quick to destroy farms with very little compensation.
“How can government determine whether the imported chicken have not been infected by bird flu before imported into the country,” he stated.
He, therefore, called on government to train more veterinary officers so that they can in turn educate the poultry farmers on how to handle their farms when there is an outbreak of bird flu.
Mr Amankwa also entreated government to reduce the cost of feeds, especially maize and vaccines, which were quite expensive.
The chairman noted that this makes the rearing and selling of local chicken expensive as such the need for people to fall on frozen chicken.
“We rear livestock which is very fresh and healthy than the imported ones which is not fresh looking at the processes it goes through before getting to Africa,” he emphasised
He said apart from getting meat from chicken, poultry farming brings employment and feathers for artwork.
Mr Amankwa said even though Ghana was an agrarian country, government has not done much to support the agric sector.
He, however, appealed to the youth to venture into farming because they can make a living out of it.
The community 3 Livestock Farmers Association which started about a year ago, has a piggery, rabbit, turkey, duck, goats and sheep and grass cutter farms.
Story: From Na-Illatu IDDIRIS-SIKA, TEMA