As part of efforts to help strengthen Ghana’s livestock sector, the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), has announced a 500 million cedis loan facility to help poultry farmers from six regions.
The move, according to the bank, is aimed at reducing the importation of chicken and make Ghana’s poultry industry competitive.
Currently, Ghana’s annual import of chicken stands at over 300 million dollars.
This translates into five million chicken production weekly.
Already, the bank has approved 25 million cedis for six broiler value chain players to produce and process over a hundred thousand birds per week in the Bono Region.
This is for the initial phase of the project.
Speaking at a press briefing, the Managing Director of ADB, Dr. John Kofi Mensah, said the bank will disburse a total of 500 million cedis to broiler value chain players in input supply, producers, processors and market players in the six regions.
“It is obvious that when you look at the poultry value chain, you are thinking of hatchers who produce the day-old chicks. We are thinking of actual production which in the lay man’s language is about rearing of birds especially broilers. Then broilers have to be fed and so we are thinking of feed millers and feed millers mostly use cereals like maize and soya bean. Because it’s a value chain we are also looking at the processing of the matured broilers,” he said.
He said the regions that are set to benefit from the facility are the Bono Region, Ashanti, Eastern, Central, Greater Accra and the Western Region.
Explaining how the project is going to compete with imported chicken as prices are lower than the local ones, Dr. Mensah stated that the loans will have an interest rate of less than 10 percent to help reduce the price of the local chicken.
“The bank will partner the Ministry of Agriculture and Finance to effectively roll out the project, “ he added.