On May 11 2022, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto received a team of investors from AfricanGlobal Schaffer at the headquarters of The Ministry Of Food And Agriculture Ghana (MoFA).
African Global Schaffer is a project development company with over 50 years of experience in the continent of Africa. Focusing on West Africa with projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and hopefully in Ghana, the company has come up with projects across the continent geared towards achieving domestic food security by facilitating the emergence of African products worldwide.
At the Ministry, the company was represented by a group of partners who hope to invest in a fully integrated poultry project at Asutsuare in the Greater Accra Region.
Project Manager of AfricanGlobal Schaffer, William Day highlighted the goal of his organization indicating that the poultry project when commenced in Ghana aims at producing 12,000 metric tonnes of poultry every year for sale across the country.
The minister welcomed their project and assured them of government’s readiness through the Ministry to assist in making the project a success.
Poultry production is an important feature of our country’s agriculture and also a major source of income for our farmers.
In a related development, it can be recalled that in June 2019 , H.E President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo launched the Rearing for Food and Jobs ( RFJ) initiative in the Upper West Region with the aim of modernizing and transforming agriculture for food, jobs and foreign exchange through the rearing of livestock including poultry.
In line with the RFJ, earlier this year specifically on March 9 2022, Dr. Akoto addressed the press indicating that, the Ministry ( MoFA) has secured Gh20m for the payment of compensation to poultry farmers who lost their birds due to the outbreak of the Avain Influenza H5NI , popularly known as Bird Flu.
Over 700,000 birds and crates of eggs were culled and destroyed in the country following the outbreak of the bird flu at a poultry farm in July 2021 which led to the spread of the disease across the country.
Additionally, as part of government’s commitment in achieving the goal of Rearing for Food and Jobs( RFJ), addressing the press in March 2022 , I stated that government has given financial clearance for the recruitment of 500 veterinary surgeons and technicians to expand services and improve upon animal health in the country.
With this, government has come up with various initiatives which has been implemented to address the short fall in poultry production with the Rearing for Food and Jobs programme to make Ghana self sufficiency in meat production.
AKOTO is the last hope of the NPP to redeem the fortunes of the Party and Government.
Delegates should consider no other than akoto as the next flagbearer of NPP