Speaking during the launch of the 3rd edition of the Ghana Chicken Festival, organized by Agrihouse Foundation, he said the poultry sector accounts for about fourteen percent (14%) of the agricultural gross domestic product, providing employment to a significant portion of the population.
“Despite its importance, the poultry industry is facing numerous challenges, including rising feed prices, lack of access to quality inputs, absence of quality local hatcheries and vaccines, and weak links to input suppliers and markets. These challenges ultimately affect the quality of poultry products and the industry’s overall growth,” he said.
He urged the government to provide more support for the poultry sector, particularly in addressing these challenges and ensuring sustainable growth.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has already launched efforts to revamp the poultry sector in Ghana, and with additional government support, the industry can continue to thrive and contribute significantly to the country’s economic development.
He added that the high demand for chicken as a primary source of protein underscores the need for government intervention to address the challenges facing the poultry industry. According to him, the right investments and policies can increase production, improve product quality, and create more job opportunities, ultimately contributing to the country’s economic growth.