From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Akate Farms, Alhaji Abdul Salam Akate, has urged members of the Ashanti Regional Poultry Farmers Association to close their ranks in unity and forge ahead for the development of the poultry industry in the region, and Ghana at large.
Alhaji Akate made the call while addressing the inauguration of new executives of the Ashanti regional branch of the Poultry Farmers Association.
He urged the newly-elected leaders to be accommodative and work to make the poultry industry vibrant.
Alhaji Akate noted that Ghana imports chicken to feed Ghanaians, and warned against the situation where Ghana could import eggs, a development, he said, would be injurious to the Ghanaian economy.
Mr. Boris Baidoo, the newly-elected Chairman of the Association, acknowledged the vision and efforts of the past executives.
Boris B, as he is popularly known, charged his colleague poultry farmers that the time had come for the association to move to the ‘next level’.
He announced poultry and piggery, which fall under the government’s flagship programme Rearing for Food and Export, will galvanise the economic status of the members, and Ghana at large.
The outgoing Chairman of the association, Alhaji Dr. Issah Buckman, disclosed that the four districts farming-based organisations his administration had inherited had increased to 14.
He mentioned the outbreak of influenza across the country, which claimed 76,000 birds in the Ashanti Region, as one of the major challenges the association faced.
He added that 25,000 birds and 7,816 were affected in 2016 and 2018 respectively.