Ghana loses $200 million to cheap poultry imports
Officials in Ghana’s poultry industry have said that the country is losing more than $200 million annually due to cheap broiler imports.
Figures available from the country’s Agriculture Ministry also showed that less than 40 percent of poultry meat and products consumed in Ghana is from domestic suppliers.
The demand for local poultry, according to farmers is reducing very fast which threatens their livelihoods in both small and large-scale production.
Isaac Kwame Esiaw who is Chairman of the Atwima Mponua Poultry Farmers Association said “Ghana is importing about 200 metric tonnes of broiler every year to the extent that we also import maize from Brazil.”
He also accused Europe of dumping waste from its poultry industry into Africa and Ghana in particular.
Ghana’s poultry industry employs thousands of Ghanaians every year and but industry players fear with limited demand for products from local poultry farmers, the industry could collapse.