A turkey farm at Wenchi in the Bono Region has appealed for support to train more youth in the area in order to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana. Owner of Massa’s Farm, Massaud Musah, who raised the concern said there are more prospects in turkey farming because little is needed to start one.
According to him, much attention is given to this kind of business in Asian countries that is why they are flourishing.
Speaking in an interview at the Bono regional town of Wenchi, Massaud Musah, stated that if young entrepreneurs are given the necessary push to start turkey farms in the region, irregular migration could drastically drop.
The 60-year old owns a small scale farm at Wenchi in the Bono Region.
Although Masaud Musah has travelled across major Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, he returned to the hometown Wenchi in 2015 and established Massa’s farm.
With an initial number of 10, Massa’s farm can now boast of over 2,000 turkey from different breeds.
Turkey farm according to Masaud, can be very profitable if the farmer is dedicated and passionate about it.
He may be a small scale farmer but Massaud admits that he has reaped greatly from his turkey business and looks forward to better returns.
“I started this farm with fowls but it was no longer lucrative at some point, so I decided to rear turkey.
“I first bought only 10 birds from a pastor to begin and they have multiplied because of the care I gave them.
“So far, the financial sustenance of my family depends on this turkey farm,” 60-year old Masaud narrated.
However, the owner of Massa’s farm encouraged the teeming unemployed youth to take up turkey rearing since he and his entire family have benefited immensely from the project.
He further urged government to extend both technical and financial support to young people daring to start the hitherto unpopular turkey farms since the benefits go beyond nutrition and financial.
21 year old Senior High School leaver, Amadu Massaud works with his father Masaud Musah to raise the birds.
He believes financial support from government or corporate organisations could help expand the farm, adding “we have already procured almost a hectare of land for the purpose of expansion but we need support to get it done”.
He also appealed to the government to let ordinary people like him feel the positive impact of the flagship Rearing for Food and Jobs policy.