Ghana Must Remove Barriers Impeding Livestock Production – Senegalese Livestock
Mr Samba Djiby Diallo, a Senegalese livestock expert, has urged the government of Ghana to remove barriers impeding livestock production and trading in the country to promote growth of the sector.
The difficulty in accessing improved breeds, veterinary services, feed and ready market for the livestock, he noted, were some barriers inhibiting livestock production in Ghana and deterring many youth from venturing into it.
Mr Diallo, a livestock trainer in the Association in Research and Education for Development (ARED), was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tumu on the side-lines of the launch of the Raring for Food and Jobs (RFJ) programme.
President Akuffo-Addo, on 24th June 2019 unveiled the RFJ programme, which aims to improve livestock rearing in Ghana and reduce import of meat into the country.
Available statistics indicate that 77, 871 metric ton of livestock was produced in Ghana in 2018, accounting for on 19 per cent, while the remaining 81 per cent was imported with scarce foreign exchange resource to meet local demand.
Mr Diallo, thus, reiterated the need for the coastal countries such as Ghana to increase livestock production to help reduce the amount of meat imported.