Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Aug. 14, GNA
– Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice-Chancellor of the University for
Development Studies, has called on players in the animal industry to do more to
fill the meat supply gap in the country to create jobs and improve incomes.
He made the call
during the 33rd Biennial Symposium of the Ghana Animal Science Association
(GASA) in Tamale, on the theme: “Climate Smart Animal Husbandry Systems: Key to
Improving Animal Production.”
The three-day event
attended by members of GASA and sister associations from Nigeria including
farmers, was to deliberate on issues about the sector and ways to improve them.
Prof Teye expressed
dissatisfaction that meat and other farm produce such as tomato, are being
imported from neighbouring countries.
called on the authorities to come out with measures to improve the capacity of
local industry players to produce more to meet the country’s demand.
Statistics from the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture show that livestock accounts for only seven
per cent of agricultural Gross Domestic Product, leaving a lot of room for
Mohammed-Muniru Limuna, Minister of Food and Agriculture, whose speech was read
on his behalf, expressed the need for farmers to develop their animals to
ensure high birth per litter, short birth intervals, low mortality rates, fast
growth, high final body weight, low incidence of disease, good quality products
for increased revenue.
Alhaji Limuna also
expressed need to develop the livestock value chain to ensure that a number of
products come from one animal spicie as well high level of processing, storage
and trade; involvement of several seemingly unrelated industries in the value
chain such as input/output/service providers and consumers to improve income.
Abubakari, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf,
appealed to farmers to belong to associations to effectively deal with
challenges associated with the industry.
Mr Abdallah said
“Farmers should also try as much as possible to integrate livestock production
with crop production to increase their income all year round”.
He advised farmers
to learn to operate along the value chain principles by consciously fostering
economic and technical links with agencies and people for their benefit.