The Netherlands says it is determined to make Ghana’s poultry industry more robust and competitive within the shortest possible time.
To this end, the Dutch embassy in Ghana is partnering poultry farmers and actors in the sector to explore the numerous business opportunities that exist in the poultry value chain in Ghana.
Mr Bram Wits; the Agricultural counselor at the Dutch Embassy say his government is ready to provide free Technical assistance and logistics to support local Poultry producers in order to boost production.
At a round-table discussion on the partnership, Mr Bram Wits emphasized his government’s commitment to providing the highest level of leadership and assistance to the poultry industry.
The Netherlands produces 10.8 billion eggs and 1 million tons of poultry meat annually to feed its citizens as well as for export.
Speaking under the theme “making Ghana’s poultry production sustainable and competitive: opportunities for trade and investment with the Dutch”, Mr. Wits expressed optimism that the effective collaboration would be of great importance to both countries.
The discussions, held at the True Vine Hotel in Kumasi provided a great platform for the exchange of ideas towards a more robust poultry industry.
Several policies designed by the government of Ghana to boost poultry production in the country have failed due to lack of commitment on the part of the policymakers. Some of these policies include the Cockerel Project (2009), SADA Guinea Fowl Production Project (2013), Broiler Revitalization Project (2015), CSIR-ARI ARIBRO Project (2015) and the Livestock Policy and Strategic Document (2016).
National Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers; Mr Victor Oppong Adjei called for strong and formidable policy decisions backed by administrative will. He called on investors to take advantage of the huge investment opportunities that exist in the Ghanaian poultry industry. He also entreated the Dutch government to re- position the local poultry industry to in view of the untold benefits that could accrue to both countries.
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