Ghana ready to export, needs government support
Darko Farms says Ghana has reached a point where it can export
poultry and poultry products to neighbouring countries and even Europe,
following the company's export of 25,000 broiler fertilised eggs to
"We encourage our poultry farmers to expand their
farms and we need government support," Mr Kawku Darko, managing director of Darko Farms
said at the
Kotoka International Airport when the poultry product was flown out.
consignment, which is the first of a 100,000 egg order from Cameroon, is the
first export of poultry products from the Ghana since the bird flu scare hit a
number of countries last year.
Mr Darko, who is also the Chairman of the
Poultry Development Board, said though the bird flu scare adversely affected the
poultry industry in the country, things had completely changed for the better.
"We had to destroy some of our stocks because there was no market. I am excited
that we are now in a new day."
He said apart from Cameroon, other
countries such as Nigeria were arranging to import chicken and chicken products
from Ghana. "This demonstrates the fact that we have a good reputation as not
having the virus."
Mr Darko said that when the production of food crops,
whose by-products were used in preparing chicken feed, such as maize, were
enhanced it would result in the reduction in the price of poultry and poultry
products. Mr Darko urged the Government to assist producers of such crops to
ensure not only good harvests but also a booming poultry
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