Chicken will be expensive this festive season - Ghana Poultry Project

Chicken will be expensive this festive season - Ghana Poultry Project

- Consumers of chicken are to expect a hike in the livestock this Christmas

- The Ghana Poultry Project says this is due to a shortage in maize

- A broiler going for 45 cedis is now going for 55 to 60 cedis.

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The Ghana Poultry Project says the price of local chicken has skyrocketed this festive season. Chicken is a main delicacy for Ghanaians but authorities of the Poultry Project say current developments in the poultry industry have left them no option but to increase prices.

Communications and Marketing Specialist for the Project – Asiwome Biekro – revealed on Joy News that there current shortage of maize and sorghum has left poultry farmers spend more in buying the limited available feed for their chicken.

“We have seen a shortage of maize in the market. What this means is that poultry farmers are spending more in feeding their chicken. When it happens this way, the cost of rearing them also shoots up. This is the main reason why we are to expect a shoot up in prices,” he revealed.

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Chicken will be expensive this festive season - Ghana Poultry Project
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According to him, a live broiler which hitherto was going for 45 cedis is now going for 55 to 60 cedis. A live layer which hitherto was selling at 50 cedis is now around 65 to 70 cedis, depending on your location of purchase.

The shortage of maize has been attributed to some major factors. The Ghana Agribusiness Chamber reveals that the situation is emanating from the commercial purchase of the grains by traders in Burkina Faso and Nigeria who are quoting huge prices for the basic commodity.

Also, there has not been enough rainfall in the rural North. This, according to the Chamber, has delayed the cultivation and harvest of the basic crop.

Food commodity research body, ESOKO, has attributed these developments to an artificial shortage across the market centers as maize sellers try to hoard the limited available commodity to make profits of patrons who are in dire need of the product.

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Meanwhile, the minister for Agriculture, has made some arrangements for a possible importation of the staple. This, according to the ministry, is to balance the effect of the artificial shortage across the market centers.

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This development has also brought the Planting for Food and Jobs under some criticism as many question its usefulness in these times of an artificial shortage.

This is not to say that there is food insecurity in the country. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), insists Ghana still remains the food basket in West Africa considering the various projects in the Agriculture value chain.

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