Benson Tongo Baba (BT Baba), the Member of Parliament for the Talensi Constituency in the Upper East Region is convinced that the Constituency could become a hub for poultry production in the region.
This is because of the investments he, as MP, is making in the area. Mr. Baba said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, May 31, 2022.
The MP who doubles as Chairman of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee in Parliament explained that to enhance the socio-economic wellbeing of residents in his constituency, commercial-sized incubators have been procured and placed in strategic parts of the constituency.
The incubators, with an average hatching capacity of 2,500 eggs, are used to help commercial and subsistence poultry farmers hatch eggs on a large scale with relative ease.
The incubators procured since 2016, have been serving the constituents. Mr. Baba reckoned that when all the incubators, including the faulty ones, are serviced, farmers could further expand their bird raising capabilities.
“This project has been on since 2016. When I became the MP following the bye-election, I knew the background of my people. Generally, it is about poverty and poverty can move people to do all sorts of things. I asked myself what initiative I can introduce that would make it possible for mass participation in the agricultural sector.”
“As part of the initiative, I felt that the basic thing that the northern person is used to is domestic poultry. So I thought, why not get incubators that could support the local poultry industry. I bought various sizes of incubators and put them in the various zones,” he said.
Admitting that some of the incubators have failed to work to satisfaction, the MP said the agriculture committee he set up is working round the clock to ensure that the machines are back on track.
Mr. Baba explained that with all the machines fully serviced and functioning properly, there would be no reason why the Talensi could not become the hub for poultry production in the region.
“At the end of the day, if we are able to manage it and harness our efforts, the Talensi District would become a poultry market for all. Tremendous gains have been made. The poultry association in the region is mostly the beneficiary,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana