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Ghana: Gov't urged to speed up import reduction

The Dormaa Poultry Farmers Association in Ghana, has called on the government to speed up efforts to reduce import of poultry products to protect local farmers.

In a statement, issued at an end-of-year get-together at Dormaa-Ahenkro, the Association identified the influx of imported poultry products as "the single most obvious enemy that must be crushed to sustain the poultry industry".
    
Nana Kwabena Asamoah Asare, the Chairman of the Association, noted "there is an unhealthy competition between imported and locally produced poultry traders…" He added that most Ghanaians now prefer imported products to local ones because of the price differential.

Nana Asare said, however, that given the necessary government support and good environment, the local poultry industry could provide enough to meet the protein requirement of Ghanaians as well as generate employment.
    
Vincent Oppong Asamoah, Dormaa Municipal Chief Executive, commended the Association for providing jobs and appealed to farmers to follow laid-down bio-security procedures to avoid communicable diseases on their farms.
    
He also assured the Association of the Assembly's unflinching support and cooperation.

Source: GNA

 

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