Sherry Ayitey: Can she effect the needed connections to bridge the soya bean production gap?
Ghana is not producing enough soya beans to feed local companies producing fish and poultry feed in spite of the potential for the enterprise in the country.
This situation has necessitated the importation of soya beans meal, a development which is contributing to Ghana’s import dependency and foreign exchange flight.
Raanan Bersak, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raanan Fish Feed West Africa Limited, disclosed this Wednesday at Prampram when Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and her deputy, Benita Sena Okity-Duah, visited his outfit.
Mr Bersak said his company alone imported about 7,000 metric tonnes of soya bean annually from Brazil to produce 30,000 metric tonnes of fish feed.
He said Raanan produced 10,000 bags of feed daily for local fish farmers and some other countries in West Africa and appealed to farmers to invest in soya bean and maize production.
He said local production could also boost the poultry industry.
Ms Ayitey said her outfit would collaborate with the Ministry of Food & Agriculture as well as the Crop Research Institute to identify the soya strain suitable for feed making and encourage farmers to cultivate it on large scale.
She said this would promote the aquaculture and poultry industries, as well as create jobs for the youth.
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