Gov’t To Reduce Importation Of Chicken

Poultry PixGhana expects to save about US$132 million and reduce poultry import by 38.9 per cent through the numerous interven-tions it has instituted.

The Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, who disclosed this when he presented the 2015 Budget to Parliament in Accra on Wednesday, cited the revamping of the broiler programme as one of the interventions by the government.

This programme, he explained, was aimed at reducing the importation of chicken by 40 per cent by the end of 2016.

Mr. Terpker said this was being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Ghana National Poultry Farmers Association.

Under the programme, he said 20 million broilers would be produced and this would result in 60,000mt of poultry meat.

During the year, he said the government initiated the process of modernising the mode of grains and tuber trading as announced in the 2014 budget.

“Two new markets for the trading of agriculture commodities were started. A taskforce was set up and the services of a consultant procured to provide technical advice for the implementation,” he said.

The Finance Minister said the government would rationalise the fisheries regulations and European Union (EU) issues to enable the country accrue over 500 million dollars in export earnings in 2015 and beyond.

The tuna industry, he said, would also be revamped to increase foreign exchange earnings for Ghana.

“The export of other fishery products including smoked fish, tilapia and ornamental fish will earn over US$100 million as additional export revenue for the country,” he said.

In 2013, import of rice, fish, poultry and tomato products was almost $1 billion.

By David Adadevoh

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