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Ghana's Govt Offers Easier Credit, Vet Lab to Farmers

by 5m Editor
11 February 2010, at 11:07a.m.

GHANA - Poultry farmers in Dormaa have asked the government to speed up the programme for the development of laboratories for the diagnosis and treatment of poultry disease in that region.

The Dormaa Poultry Farmers Association has called on the government to expedite work on the ongoing veterinary laboratory project for its speedy completion, to help increase poultry production in the country, according to Modern Ghana.

The Dormaa area is among the major producers of poultry products in the country, but lacks a well-equipped veterinary laboratory for diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect poultry, which is a major challenge for farmers in the area.

The Chairman of the Association, Nana Asamoah Sabreku, made this appeal when the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Kwesi Ahwoi, met its members at Dormaa-Ahenkro, as part of his two-day working visit to the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Nana Sabreku mentioned some of the challenges facing the poultry industry in the area, as lack of credit facilities, insufficient maize for feed, and the importation of poultry products.

He said that the banks do not want to give loans to the poultry farmers in the country, and he appealed to the government to provide support for poultry farmers to help them increase production.

However, the Minister for Food and Agriculture disclosed that the government was to establish an Agriculture Development Fund, to help provide affordable credit facilities to farmers in the country.

He explained that the interest rate on the affordable credit facilities, under the Fund, would be less than other credit facilities.

Mr Ahwoi and his entourage had earlier visited BM Unity Farms and Janak Industry, which produce egg crates, before meeting with members of the Poultry Farmers Association.

He reassured them of the government's commitment towards revamping the poultry industry in the country, saying: "The Professor Mills-led Administration is poised to revamp the poultry industry with favorable interventions."

He added that the revamping of the sector would help create more jobs for the citizens, especially the youth, as well as make poultry products cheaper, reports Modern Ghana.