President Akufo-Addo has officially unveiled the RFJ campaign for the period of five years to boost the livestock industry. The campaign will work on methods to raise domestic production to reduce the burden of livestock imports. It will also contribute to the creation of employment opportunities and also help in increasing the livelihood of those engaged with the livestock sector.
Ghanaian President unveiled the Rearing for Food and Jobs campaign in Wa, Upper West Region which will end in 2023. He also lamented on steep fall of livestock sector which led Ghana to import $400 million meat goods in a year. Local meat only fulfills 19% of Ghana’s meat requirements and the rest of the meat products imported from other countries which burdened the economy.
Due to these grim statistics, President Akufo-Addo has stressed on developing RFJ campaign. He further revealed that the RFJ will emphasis on breed development, infrastructure improvement, commercialization and everything from start to end. The campaign will control animal health and disease to increase its production.
The animals included in the chain included cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, guinea fowl and chicken. Only 6 breeding farms are recently working while they were 28 in 1993. Some of the farms were closed down at Wawase, Wulugu, Doba, Busa, and Wenchi. The government will re-open these breeding farms. The program will facilitate three thousand cattle farmers so they can increase average meat production.
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