DEPUTY AGRIC MINISTER OUTLINES HOW IMPORTATION OF LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS CAN BE REDUCED
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Hon George Boahen Oduro has said that Ghanaians have shown so much interest in the project and interested parties have stated writing their names to be part of the animal rearing business, which he disclosed his ministry made available some animals to people in the Northern regions last year.
He said this in an interview on Kantanka TV with Kwasi Ofori on the Kantanka Exclusive show that, the Planting for food and jobs is in five faces, which is Planting for food and jobs, Planting for export and rural development, Mechanization, Green House Village and Rearing for food and jobs.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched the Rearing for Food and Jobs campaign, another module of his administration’s flagship programme .The campaign, which will run for five years, from 2019 to 2023, according to President Akufo-Addo, will develop a competitive and more efficient livestock industry, that will increase domestic production, reduce importation of livestock products, contribute to employment creation, and improve livelihoods of livestock value chain actors.
The deputy minister explaining what this initiative has achieved so far said, seven thousand Goats, three thousand Sheep, ten thousand Pigs, thirty thousand Guinea fowl and twenty-four thousand Chickens and Two hundred cages have been made available and would be distributed in September. The Minister explaining how this initiative would be sustained said they have recruited about two thousand seven hundred (2,700) personnel to monitor the farmers for any assistance.
He further said the government will bear half the cost of the animals provided and animals such as goats, sheep and pigs will be given to interested persons and after a year or two, the ministry will come for the young animals when they have given birth to, then also give them to others who are also interested in the animal rearing business. He is sure that when this continues for a few years, there will be no more importation of livestock product.
Meanwhile he said persons who are already into this business but need money to expand them, can apply for a stimulus package to expand their farm.
When answering a question on whether his ministry will consider Apostle Kwadwo Safo’s infusion for livestock to multiply he said, though he has seen it, he wishes it would have gone through the Standard Board for approval so they can use it. He then urged everyone, especially the youth to come on board to expand the Agriculture sector so that Ghana will be free from importation of Agro, and livestock products.
SOURCE: www.kantankatv.com | Prince Nicholas Agboli