The Greater Accra union of poultry farmers are pleading with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and other stakeholders within the Agric and financial sectors to come to their aid and rescue for their businesses from collapsing.
The group through its leader, Mr. Michael Ampem, who have been seen lamenting for weeks now are of the view that they need fiscal capital and a ready market to be able to sell their products and earn to continue to stay in business.
This concern was expressed by the group during a press conference they held here in Accra today to get their pressing issues heralded by their leaders through the camera.
According to the group, currently, they are unable to get enough feed to feed the poultry in their farmhouses. A video played on Joy News at 6pm showed a number of poultry farmers who have money to purchase as much as 20 bags. But, due to the shortage of feed on the market, one is unable to buy the poultry feed in such numbers in the sense that, other farners also have to get theirs and thus, the feed is rationed among them.
They also talked about their inability to assess fiscal assistance to expand their businesses and the cumbersome procedures associated with assessing such facilities from the financial institutions.
They are therefore of the view that the Agricultural Development Bank and other financial agencies they work with, should do well to ease the means and processes of assessing facilities when their members knock at their doors adding that, majority of their members are at risk of losing their capital invested into the sector due to huge losses incured and thus, making it unattractive for others to be involved in that venture.
The group was emphatic that should the appropriate authorities fail to heed to their plea, the local poultry industry might collapse and bring a huge toe on the employment issue the country is currently grappling with.
They are therefore calling on government and other financial agencies and institutions to come to their aid and assist them financially to be able to supply their products on the local market.
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