The unavailability of poultry feeds in the market is gradually kicking poultry farmers in the Western Region’s capital, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and it’s environs out of business.
According to the chairman of the Sekondi-Takoradi Poultry Farmers Association, Mr. Francis Ackom Boadu , though the local poultry farmers are willing to buy at the current factory price of GH¢ 22 per 25kg, they are not getting supply of the products, instead few shops who have access to the products are selling it at exorbitant prices.
Our checks with the buffer stock point to the fact that the supply of maize which supports local manufacturing of poultry feeds begun to decline from November 2020 forcing prices up which ultimately led to an increase in the cost of production for the local poultry Farmers.
50kg of a bag of maize which used to sell at GH¢ 96 last year, is currently selling at GH¢ 135 per the same bag yet there is still a shortage in supply of the products.
They explained that the situation is so evident in the kind of egg’s we see in the market so small which does not in any way meet their expenditure.
Venting their frustrations on current challenges faced the poultry industry on Amanfoo FM’s Breakfast Show dubbed OTSE DEN, the Vice President of Poultry Farmers Association in Sekondi-Takoradi, Mr. Francis Nsia called on all stakeholders to work towards ensuring that local poultry farmers are given priority by the Takoradi Flour Mills in the sale of their wheat-brown since they are also willing to buy at factory price of GH¢ 22 per 25kg.