The National President of the Ghana Association of Poultry Farmers, Mr Victor Oppong Adjei has urged government to provide support to its members so as to be able to produce enough chicken and eggs for the populace.
According to Mr Adjei, Ghanaian poultry farmers have the potential to rear and produce enough meat for the local market and even export the surplus.
Speaking to the media at this year’s world egg day at the Heroes Park last Friday, Mr Adjei, managing director of VOA farms explained that with support from government Ghana can do away with the importation of poultry birds and frozen chicken to its market.
He noted that Nigeria and Togo with a determined effort have been able to ban the importation of all poultry products into their countries.
”I believe in our local Ghanaian poultry farmers and I know with the right kind of investments and deliberate support from government they can rear and produce enough chicken and eggs to cater for the country and help to stop the over 3.2 billion worth of Poultry products we import to the country yearly”, Mr VOA stressed.
On his part, Dr Boris Baidoo, Ashanti Regional President of the Ghana Association of Poultry Farmers tasked the Ministry of health to collaborate with his outfit to explain to the population of eating an egg day.
He said the nutritional value in eggs make it complete food.
Dr Baidoo said the Ghanaian has been made to believe that the eating of eggs is not important but argued that it is wrong impression.
According to him, eggs give better nutrients than many food substances, adding it gives wisdom to kids and helps pregnant mothers in their brain functions as well as their unborn babies.
”It is high time we get the Ghana Health Service to educate the populace about the nutritional value in eggs and ensure that it is a policy in the nation where at least each person eats an egg a day”, Mr Baidoo posited.
As part of activities to mark the egg day, a quiz competition was held at the Ghana National Association of Teachers Hall (GNAT) on thursday where Opoku Ware Senior Secondary school upstaged T.I Ahmadiyya School to win the accolade as the best school in egg education.
Scoring 70 points after the three rounds of questioning Opoku Ware School ensured that T.I Amass stayed at the 52 points they garnered at the end.
The Association also donated 1,500 eggs to the Kumasi Children’s Home and also did same at the Suntreso Government hospital and crowned it with a donation to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where 1, 500 eggs were given to patients at the Mother and Baby Unit.
Climaxing the celebration was a float by members of the Association through the principal streets of Kumasi educating people about the importance of egg consumption.
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