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.