The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association (GAPFA) has hosted its members at an annual dinner dance in Accra.
The event, according to management of the Association, was to commend members, suppliers and all stakeholders for their support and effort towards the success of GAPFA during the 2019 operational year.
During the event, some members of the Association were awarded for their exemplary service and hard work.
Addressing dignitaries, President of GAPFA, Mr. Michael Nyarko Ampem explained that though 2019 was an extraordinary year for members of the Association, it was associated with certain challenges as well.
“The second half of last year saw a significant fall in the price of maize, thanks to the government’s Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) programme. On the other hand, there was an acute shortage of critical raw materials which compelled the Association to sell at a loss on certain occasions in order to support its members” Mr Nyarko Ampem noted.
Despite the challenges recorded, GAPFA closed 2019 with a monumental production of almost 600,000 bags of poultry feed which translated into about 27,000 metric tonnes.
Director of Veterinary Services Department at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Hayford Asiedu Baah, who was the guest of honour, disclosed that government will from this year, embark on the Broiler Revitalization Project.
The initiative, Dr. Baah said is meant to drastically reduce the importation of poultry, particularly, chicken products into the Ghanaian market, while empowering local poultry farmers.
Dr. Baah however assured GAPFA that government is doing all it can to provide the right environment in order to make poultry farming more lucrative and viable.
GAPFA was established in 1978 and till date, it is the only poultry farmer association with its own feed mill. The Association has a membership of about 700 members.
Source: BusinessZone Online