Government Urged to Boost Local Poultry Production to Ensure Food Security

Government Urged to Boost Local Poultry Production to Ensure Food Security

Hon. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, the Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey, has called for the implementation of policies that make local poultry production more competitive to promote food security and agribusiness in Ghana.

Speaking at Agrihouse Foundation’s 4th edition of Ghana Poultry Day on Monday, July 1st, 2024, at the forecourt of the State House, Hon. Agyeman-Rawlings, who also served as the executive judge of the event, emphasized the need for cost-effective local poultry production. She highlighted that by reducing reliance on imports and enhancing the agribusiness sector, Ghana can significantly improve its food security.

“The government must implement policies that make local poultry production more competitive. By promoting agribusiness and making local poultry production cost-effective, we can reduce our reliance on imports and enhance food security,” she stated.

Hon. Agyeman-Rawlings also pointed out specific areas where government intervention could make a significant impact. She suggested subsidies for local poultry farmers to reduce production costs, investment in modern farming technologies, and improved access to financing for small and medium-scale poultry enterprises.

“Subsidies for local poultry farmers would help reduce production costs, making it easier for them to compete with imported poultry products. Additionally, investing in modern farming technologies and providing better access to financing can empower small and medium-scale poultry enterprises, driving growth and sustainability in the sector,” she added.

Furthermore, Hon. Agyeman-Rawlings advocated for enhanced training and capacity-building programs for poultry farmers, which would equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to improve productivity and quality. She also called for strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure quality standards and food safety in the poultry industry.

“Enhanced training and capacity-building programs for our poultry farmers are essential. By equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge, we can improve productivity and quality. Strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure quality standards and food safety will also build consumer confidence in locally produced poultry products,” she remarked.

Youth Urged to Invest in Poultry Sector

Youth Urged to Invest in Poultry Sector

The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in charge of Livestock,Hon. Alhaji Hardi Tufeiru, has called on the youth to invest in the poultry sector, citing its vast potential for growth and development. He highlighted the numerous opportunities within the sector that, if leveraged by young people, could significantly reduce the unemployment rate.

Alhaji Tufeiru made these remarks at Agrihouse Foundation’s 4th edition of Ghana Poultry Day, held on Monday, July 1st, 2024, at the forecourt of the State House. He emphasized that the poultry sector holds immense promise for young entrepreneurs willing to explore it.

the Deputy Minister mentioned that the government, through the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, has devised a comprehensive plan to address the deficits within the poultry sector over the next five years. He outlined that this plan includes support mechanisms for individuals who choose to venture into poultry farming.

“The government is committed to bridging the gap in the poultry sector and has established support systems for anyone who signs up,” Alhaji Tufeiru stated. He encouraged the youth to take advantage of these opportunities, emphasizing that investing in poultry could lead to sustainable livelihoods and contribute to the nation’s economic growth.

The Ghana Poultry Day event, organized by Agrihouse Foundation, served as a platform to showcase innovations in the poultry industry and discuss strategies to enhance its development. It attracted stakeholders from various sectors, including farmers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers, all dedicated to advancing Ghana’s poultry industry.

6th WOFAGRIC & Gold in the Soil Awards Opens Today in Sunyani

6th WOFAGRIC & Gold in the Soil Awards Opens Today in Sunyani

Agrihouse Foundation, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and YARA Ghana Limited and the Bono Regional Agriculture Directorate , proudly opens the 6th Women in Food and Agriculture Leadership Training Forum and Gold in the Soil Awards today, Tuesday, July 9th, through Wednesday, July 10th, 2024.

This year’s event takes place at Sunyani Technical University in the Bono Region under the theme, “OVERCOMING THE BARRIERS TO WOMEN AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS.”

The 6th WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards symbolize a pivotal moment in advancing women throughout the agricultural value chain. By promoting recognition, education, and collaboration, the event aims to break down barriers, promote gender equality, and create a more inclusive agricultural sector.

Annually, the WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards move from region to region, empowering and celebrating the exceptional efforts of women in agriculture. This regional intervention has been held in the Volta, Ashanti, Western, Western North, Upper East, Upper West, and Eastern Regions, benefiting over 8,000 women farmers, processors, input dealers, farmers with disabilities, agripreneurs, and women across the entire agricultural value chain. The event provides them with the resources, training, mentorship, networking, and recognition needed to thrive in the agricultural sector, fostering leadership, innovation, and inclusivity.

The two-day event on-going at the   Sunyani Technical University will feature over six hundred women farmers, processors, agripreneurs, farmers with disabilities, and women across the agricultural value chain. Activities will include panel discussions, training workshops, exhibitions, trade shows, speed networking, and mentorship sessions. These components empower participants to gain valuable insights, exchange best practices, and forge collaborations that can reshape the future of agriculture in Ghana.

One of the highlights will be the prestigious Gold in the Soil Awards, recognizing exceptional women farmers and women with disabilities, processors, agripreneurs, and women in the entire agricultural value chain who have made remarkable contributions to the agricultural industry. The awards span seventeen categories, including the Super Woman Farmer Award, Passion for Farm Award, Outstanding Woman in Extension Services Award, Royal Agro Award, Diamond in the Rough Award, Feed to Food Award, Change Champion Award, She Innovates Award, Climate-Smart Women Project Award, Lady of The Region Export Award, Star Woman Agripreneur Award, She-Operates Award, Development Partner Award, Princess Carla Award, the ultimate Gold in the Soil Award, the newly introduced Agri-Input Sales Woman of the Year category, and the Supportive Agri-Man Award.

As Agrihouse Foundation and Global Affairs Canada continue their journey towards agricultural transformation, the role of women farmers and women with disabilities cannot be overstated. Their resilience, expertise, and determination are integral to ensuring food security, promoting sustainable practices, and fostering economic growth.

Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa Sarpong, noted that this year’s event aims to build the capacity of women across the entire agriculrural value chain while celebrating their successes, challenges, and achievements.

Day one of the event features impactful activities, including a panel discussion on empowering women farmers and farmers with disabilities. There will be technical field demonstrations on the appropriate use and application of equipment, one-on-one mentorships, empowerment talks, and case study presentations on successful modules and practices.

The “10-to-1” breakout session offers women farmers hands-on educational opportunities, covering topics such as farm safety, financial management, nutrition, markets, exports, and investments.

On Day 2, the event continues with mentorship sessions and culminates with the “GOLD IN THE SOIL AWARDS,” where 17 nominees will be recognized and awarded in 17 different categories.

“We will highlight their stories through a documentary series and celebrate their passion, zeal, and contributions to shaping agriculture in their communities,” said Ms. Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa.

Women farmers with disabilities, referred to as “OUR SUPERWOMEN,” will also be recognized for their inspiring ability to live beyond their disabilities and succeed in farming, a challenging profession. These women sincerely inspire us to keep pushing forward, she added.