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A hatchery and Egg Scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Jacob Alhassan Hamidu, has called on the government to infuse what he terms “Raising Chicken for Food” into the School Feeding Programme (SFP).

That, to him, would promote the ‘One Child, One Egg’ policy whose adoption is being advocated by a group of researchers.

 

To him, in the KNUST Designer Eggs Outreach, his group of researchers realised that the Omega 3 in designer eggs was good for a child’s brain, hence should government adopt the ‘One Child, One Egg’ a day proposal, it would help in the mental development of schoolchildren.

In an interview at the KNUST Designer Eggs Outreach at Kokoben in Kumasi, Dr Hamidu said upon developing a proposal on the designer egg project, a non-governmental organisation based in Canada provided financial support of CAN $12,000 for a project on Omega 3 that ran from 2014 to 2016.

He noted that his group observed that the Omega 3 in the designer eggs was in addition to a number of nutrients in eggs more nutritious than the ordinary eggs on the Ghanaian market.

Adoption of proposal to revamp poultry industry

Dr Hamidu was of the view that should government buy into the proposal of the research group, it would help create more jobs for poultry farmers.

“If government gives a nod to our proposal, we can train more poultry farmers on the designer eggs for their hens to lay more Omega 3 eggs and this will create jobs to revamp the poultry industry,” he stated.

Again, he was of the view that apart from creating jobs in the poultry industry, it would enhance the income levels of poultry farmers to bring worth into the industry.

He said by raising more hens for the designer eggs, the government, through the ministries of Education and Health, could also extract seed oil from the designer eggs upon training.

“We have been eating the ordinary eggs for long. Omega 3 is rich for mental health, especially of the child. There must be a paradigm shift in the promotion of nutritious egg consumption,” he added.

May 24, 2017

Government’s flagship agricultural programme, “Planting for Food and Jobs,”has attracted international interest at the ongoing 52nd AfDB Annual Meeting in India.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto,who is leading Ghana’s delegation to the event, gave a presentation during which he highlighted government’s flagship policy aimed at turning around the fortunes of the ailing agricultural sector in the country.

Speakers and discussants, made up of investors, government officials and development partners, exhibited key interest in the efforts being made by government to revamp the agricultural sector and create jobs for the youth.

May 24, 2017

India is the perfect place for the African Development Bank to focus on the transformative power of agriculture, Bank President Akinwumi Adesina has told the African, Indian and international press.

“India is an inspiration to Africa, in that its Green Revolution took just three years. That was in large measure due to the power of political will,” he said Monday, “and you will see much political will on display here at the Bank Group’s Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad in the next few days.”

May 23, 2017

Invest In Africa (IIA), in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), and African Development Bank (AFDB), have organized a two-day training workshopon taxation for 120 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), in Accra .

The forum which was aimed at creating thriving businesses through Taxation & Quality standards brought together field experts to acquaint SMEs about the rudiments on how to improve their businesses ideas through the use of relevant information on the benefits of taxation and business growth.

The investment would address Ghana’s local meat deficit, which stands at 50 per cent, lower production costs and would add value to Ghanaian animal products, said Ghana’s Food, Agriculture and Livestock deputy minister Alfred Sugri Tia. Ghana imports most of its animals and frozen meat needs; a situation Tia said needed to be reversed. The government was trying to control the import of poultry products into the country.

Source: www.thepoultrysite.compoultryMaking Money from Africa’s love of chicken and eggs Written by: smallstarterThinkTank 
Africa’s love for poultry meat and eggs has grown at a staggering pace. Every year, the continent imports more than two million metric tons of poultry products valued at nearly US$3 billion to meet domestic demand. In 2012 alone, more than five million tons of poultry meat and two million tons of eggs were consumed in Africa. Africa’s love for chicken and eggs is increasing with the size of its rapidly growing population.

05 June 2015

GHANA – A poultry development fund could be Ghana’s best bet for arresting the rising level of poultry imports and creating much-needed jobs, says a report from the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET). Currently, only 42 per cent of domestic consumption is said to be supplied by domestic production, which is well below the West African average of 86 per cent, reports GhanaWeb.