The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) is to undertake a nationwide biometric registration exercise of poultry farmers to promote the local poultry business
“The current data we have on the poultry sector at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are unreliable, misleading and deceptive and this is what has necessitated the exercise”.
Mr Victor Oppong-Agyei, the President of the Association, made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Dormaa-Ahenkro, in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo-Region.
He said the exercise is expected to cover the entire country with geolocation of poultry farms, farm capacity, the current stock quantity of layers and broilers, the quantity of maize used in producing poultry feed amongst other.
Mr Oppong-Agyei explained that approval had been given by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture MOFA for the start of the exercise, which had been awarded on contract to Agro Innova Company Limited, a Ghanaian company.
He said the exercise would be carried out in collaboration with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, who would play supervisory roles to ensure that standards are maintained in the industry.
“Every farm will have to register and the Association will direct how farmhouses are built to check the spread of diseases, and with a click we can with the GPS locate the farms where a disease had broken out”, Mr Oppong-Agyei said.
On funding of the exercise, Mr Oppong-Agyei said the poultry farmers would be levied to that effect, whilst the Ghana Poultry Project had also promised to offer some support.
He said the exercise forms part of plans to revive the Association and revamp the poultry sector in the country.
Mr Mallaghan noted
“No amount of money from government or an NGO can solve the plights of the Ghanaian poultry farmers if the local Association is not revived,” he stated.
He said Agro Innova was chosen for the project because the company runs a poultry management software called “Akokotakra” which enable poultry farmers to record, monitor, keep track and analyze all farms operations easily, using their smartphone or laptop.