National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Organiser hopeful and a self-acclaimed farmer Joseph Yammin has been lamenting his ideas of improving the agricultural sector through poultry has collapsed due to high maintenance of the birds on his farm.
Citing the high cost of feed which can take care of his birds for only three days costing over 800 Ghana cedis, wondered how any meaningful farmer can survive under conditions like these.
Mr. Yammin, insists the kind of hardship ravaging Ghanaians now, has never been seen in the history of the country especially when it is coming from a man who promised heaven on earth for the citizenry.
“The president promised everything in this country but has delivered nothing. I have been put out of my poultry business now because I can’t feed the birds. You try to mix their feed and you can’t”, he lamented.
“The feed we get to feed the birds is now costing more than 800 Ghana Cedis to feed the birds between 3 to 4 days. That is if you are trying to manage, how I can go on like this? He asked.
“I have stopped by farming because of Nana Addo and his bad policies. I can’t cope at all, bad leader, spoiling all the gains made by John Mahama”, he said.
Meanwhile MyNewsGh.com can confirm that according to the Ghana Poultry Farmers Association, an acute shortage of feed is threatening the survival of the country’s poultry industry.
The President of the Association, Isaac Essiaw said earlier this year, if the government fails to intervene in the feeding of farmers most will lose their livelihood.
“All poultry farms in Ghana are on the verge of collapse if no drastic measures are taken by the government […] to sustain the industry,” adding that the high cost of feed was mainly due to the increasing price of maize, which constitutes a significant portion of poultry feed.
Ghana’s poultry sector has, for over 2 decades, experienced a steep decline with many commercial poultry farms that were established in the late 1960s and early 1970s having collapsed or are on the verge of collapsing. The reasons for this, in recent times, is the high cost or unavailability of maize.