SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Project Comes Alive —As Construction Of Farms Progress Steadily
Five ultramodern nucleus farms, currently under construction at different locations as part of the implementation of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Production and Marketing Company Limited in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) are progressing steadily.
The farms are being built in each of the five beneficiary Regions that fall under the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority’s project zone.
They are the Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions, as well as the Northern parts of Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, which have similar climatic conditions.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Production and Marketing Company Limited, Henry Kangah said the construction of each of the nucleus farms would cost between GH¢800,000.00 and GH¢1.5million.
He explained that each nucleus farm would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and machinery that would make the farms as the production centres of wholesale poultry feed, poultry feathers and droppings for manure, Processing units, production of layers and brooders as well as a hatchery.
Each farm would have the capacity to produce 4000 birds while serving as a nucleus centre that will provide ready market for out grower farmers and also capacity building for existing farmers.
Mr. Kangah, however, noted that construction work which was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of August has been delayed due to some technical and unforeseen difficulties including frequent rains around the period of the year.
‘We’re now looking at the end of October, by which time we expect construction and set-up of farms to have been completed’, he projected.
The overall objective of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Project is to promote guinea fowl, considered delicacy among many Ghanaians on commercial basis while generating jobs for 1,500 youth.
The three northern regions alone is said to have a population of 5.2 million people and the successful execution of the project is also expected to improve the level of poverty and enhance sustainable environmental practices in the beneficiary regions.
The targeted 1,500 unemployed youth are hoping to be skilled in all stages of guinea fowl production, marketing and supply chain values using state-of-the art facilities through practical training by early 2016.
A total of approximately 3million birds annually (that is annual output of 2,000 birds per beneficiary) are expected to be produced by the project for both local and international markets to enable Ghana become a leading exporter of guinea fowl and guinea fowl products.
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