Ashanti Region Poultry Farmers Association are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture, particularly the directorates of veterinary and animal production, to check activities of an Indian hatchery based at Apedwa in the Eastern Region.
Spokesperson for the association, Isaac Essiaw speaking in an interview with Abusua Dawuro’s Kofi Akyemkwaa Nana urged the directorates to intervene by stopping activities of the company to prevent the poultry industry from an imminent collapse.
According to Essiaw, activities of the company, Park Agrotech Ghana Limited, “were undermining the country’s quest to reduce poultry import and was also causing financial loss to most poultry farmers”.
The farmers are also accusing the company of supplying unhealthy day old layer chicks to farmers in the country.
“Many farmers had lost their investments through the purchase of day old chicks from the company, which have proven to be unhealthy. Poultry Farmers are losing their capital, including loans they have taken from the banks. Maize purchased on credit and feed inputs from sellers have all gone down the drain” he said.
However Ashanti Region Poultry Farmers Association Secretary, Mrs. Evelyn Agyenim Boateng has urged government to ban poultry importation to help poultry farmers expand their businesses and employ more workers, but also contribute to the socioeconomic development of the nation.