The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association have stated that Ghana’s Poultry Industry may Collapse if the government refuse to deal with the recent challenges of unavailability of feed for poultry production.
Research reveals, Ghana currently imports over the US $ 300 million ( about 180,000) worth of chicken annually or the equivalent of 5 million chickens each week. In June 2020, a 50kg bag of maize was selling for GH¢ 65, fast forward to November 2020 the price of the same commodity increased to GH¢100 and in June 2021, the same commodity has again inflated to GH¢ 130 as well as other poultry products from the other European market due to the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza.
The effect of the scarcity and increased prices of corn has necessitated the increase of prices of eggs. Speaking to some egg sellers and consumers at the makola market, they expressed their worry about the increment and how it will affect them;
“This development will affect my business because customers are yet to come to terms with the recent skyrocketed price.”
“I will be affected. I’ve three kids who consume eggs every morning before leaving for school. A crate of eggs gets finished in just 10days. I plead with the government to intervene. “
“Initially, it was selling for 20 and 22cedis, but since the outbreak of covid-19, the small size was increased to 26cedis, whiles the larger size increased to 29cedis. Meanwhile, I sell mine for 27 and 29 cedis respectively. Obviously, I’m not making any profit. I’m pleading with the government to intervene because I’m loosing my customers.”
“Many cannot afford to buy, as it’s being sold for 1cedi, another increment would collapse my business.”
“Initially, a crate was sold for 16 and 17 cedis, but now, it has increased. Another increment will affect me badly.”
some egg sellers stated.