NDC and Poultry Farmers Host Seminar on Reviving Ghana’s Poultry Industry

Ashanti Region, Kumasi, 15th May 2024 – The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers held a significant seminar at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi, addressing the theme “Overview of Ghana’s Depressing Poultry Industry and its Impact on Future Food Security.”

The keynote speaker, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, NDC’s formidable running mate of H. E. John Dramani Mahama emphasized the party’s unwavering commitment to an inclusive agenda for all Ghanaians. She highlighted that the NDC’s manifesto includes comprehensive plans aimed at fostering growth and sustainability through the implementation of the 24-hour economy policy and the 60:40 policy for local contractors across various sectors, including agriculture.

Furthermore, the Guest of honor, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw-Kotei, National Women’s Organizer of the NDC, delivered a speech outlining the party’s comprehensive vision for revitalizing the poultry sector. She emphasized the critical need for strategic interventions to reduce Ghana’s reliance on poultry imports and foster economic growth.

Dr. Hanna Bisiw-Kotei highlighted the NDC’s plans to implement policies that mandate importers to procure 40% of their poultry locally, creating a $110 million market for local producers. She also emphasized the establishment of an open and transparent market system to ensure price stability and promote industry growth.

Central to the NDC’s strategy is harnessing the potential of a 24-hour economy to drive productivity and innovation. Dr. Hanna Bisiw-Kotei detailed a roadmap involving four fundamental pillars: securing the poultry value chain, creating jobs, removing entry barriers, and promoting sustainable practices through technology adoption.

The seminar addressed the urgent need for supportive policies to strengthen the local poultry industry, which has been struggling due to a heavy reliance on imported chicken meat. This reliance has led to significant business closures and financial difficulties for local poultry farmers.