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Gov’t presents enhance to livestock sector with ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ programme

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It is projected that 40,500 tiny ruminants, 38,000 pigs, 258,000 cockerels, and 660,000 guinea fowls will be dispersed to livestock farmers in excess of a five-yr period of time.




President Akufo-Addo has launched the Rearing for Food items and Work (RFJ) marketing campaign, a further module of his administration’s flagship programme – “Planting for Meals and Jobs”.
 
The campaign, which will run for five a long time, from 2019 to 2023, in accordance to President Akufo-Addo, “will produce a competitive and a lot more productive livestock field, that will maximize domestic creation, decrease importation of livestock products, contribute to employment development, and increase livelihoods of livestock value chain actors”.
 
Launching the campaign on Monday, 25th June, 2019, in Wa, in the Higher West Location, the President bemoaned the steep decrease of Ghana’s livestock sector, which has been mainly attributed to the large charge of creation, and competitiveness from low cost imports of livestock and its items, forcing most livestock producers to prevent developing meat, and to focus solely on crop manufacturing.
 
With Ghana importing $400 million worthy of of meat solutions every year, and with local meat manufacturing accounting for only 19% of the country’s meat needs, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that these grim studies are an indictment on the region, and that is why success has to be built of the Rearing for Food items and Positions marketing campaign.

Akufo-Addo RFJ
 
To addressing the issues confronting the country’s livestock industry, the President said that RFJ will focus its notice on breed improvement, efficiency and creation, growth of infrastructure (housing, plant and tools, slaughtering, processing and internet marketing services), feed production and conservation of forage, animal overall health and disorder management, advancement of communal grazing lands, commercialisation of livestock creation and entrepreneurship development, and application of e-agriculture in livestock output.
 
“By design and style, the campaign will deal with picked price chains in the livestock sector specifically, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry hen and guinea fowl,” he added.
 
With only 6 breeding farms presently in procedure, as opposed to 28 in 1993, the President explained to the gathering that “the breeding stations that had been shut down at Wawase in the Eastern Region, Wulugu in the North East Location, Doba in the Higher east Location, Busa in the Upper West Area, and Wenchi in the Bono Area, are becoming revived.”
 
Furthermore, he indicated that, under the RFJ programme, the Wawase cattle ranch, at this time in operation in Afram Plains, which is accommodating some 3,000 cattle will be replicated in areas that practical experience farmer-herdsmen conflicts, or provide as corridors for the transhumance.

Akufo-Addo RFJ
 
“In the five-year time period of the RFJ campaign, it is projected that forty thousand, five hundred  (40,500) compact ruminants, predominantly sheep and goats, 30 eight thousand (38,000) pigs, two hundred and fifty eight thousand (258,000) cockerels, and in excess of 6 hundred and sixty thousand (660,000) guinea fowls, which will not fly to Burkina Faso, will be distributed to livestock farmers and would-be farmers, in the course of the state,” President Akufo-Addo explained.
 
He continued, “three thousand (3,000) cattle farmers will reward from a programme of artificial insemination to increase regular meat creation. These planned interventions are indicative of the vital awareness now currently being presented to the livestock sector after many years of neglect.”
 
Farmers, who obtain sheep or goat shall pay again in variety, with two offsprings for each grownup breeder equipped, and farmers, who obtain breeding pigs, shall pay back again in sort with three piglets for each and every breeding pig provided.
 
Cockerels will be provided to farmers at fifty per cent (50%) of the marketplace benefit. Day-aged chicks and guinea fowl keets will be supplied at fifty per cent (50%) subsidy to farmers, with farm ability not exceeding two thousand (2,000) birds. Cattle farmers shall gain from subsidised imported semen to strengthen the meat and milk efficiency of their cattle.  

 Akufo-Addo RFJ
 
Elements of RFJ

In direction of addressing the seasonal inadequacy of feed, both in quantity and excellent, the RFJ marketing campaign will build minimal-tech methods of reworking hundreds of thousands of tons of crop waste into hundreds of thousands of tons of higher-quality animal feed, with probable to produce an market really worth thousands and thousands of cedis a 12 months, and generate countless numbers of careers in Ghana.
 
“To accomplish this, govt will procure and subsidise forage harvesting, bailing machines and machines to allow livestock farmers conserve adequate crop residue for dry year feeding of animals. Maize and soybean creation, which are presently being offered the vital assist underneath the Planting for Meals and Employment initiative, will provide adequate feed for the poultry at decreased than normal expense,” President Akufo-Addo additional.    

Although acknowledging that weak disorder handle could jeopardise the contribution of the livestock sector to foodstuff safety, work development, and typical financial enhancement for both equally Ghana, the President indicated that the sickness command and surveillance component of RFJ will shell out heed to controlling the transmission of animal disorders, review of disorders, growth of vaccines, as nicely as capability setting up for complex knowledge, and specialised abilities to enhance the preparedness for working with the troubles of outbreaks.

Akufo-Addo RFJ
 
Also, the improvement of the Pong Tamale Veterinary Instruction Faculty, the Ailment Investigation Farms in Techiman and Savelugu, and the Disorder Diagnostic Laboratories in Accra, Tamale and Kumasi, will be undertaken as a make any difference of urgent precedence.
 
The introduction of e-agriculture, in the RFJ marketing campaign, the President claimed, will give actors of the livestock worth chain obtain to thorough and up-to-date information and facts on livestock generation, sector rates, condition outbreaks, farm administration techniques and practices, and, earlier mentioned all, traceability in the livestock manufacturing sector.
 Akufo-Addo RFJ

Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto

In concluding, President Akufo-Addo tasked the Ministry of Food stuff and Agriculture to make certain swift info stream to the citizenry on how they can accessibility the facilities pertaining to the RFJ campaign.
 
“There really should be productive and considerable dissemination of details on modalities of implementation of the RFJ campaign suitable after the launch to make certain the necessary and expected participation of citizens. When that is done, the targets of the marketing campaign will be realized, and the predicted dividends from Government’s expense realised,” the President stressed.





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