More than 22,000 keets have been sold to farmers within the Bawku West District. The sale of half-priced improved breeds of keets was sold to commercial farmers in the area under the government’s Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ).
This came to light when Francis Ennor, the Upper East Regional Director of the Department of Food and Agriculture spoke on the Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, Monday, August 29, 2022.
“They are to get it and sell it [the guinea fowls]. Those of them [the guinea fowls] that would be left in the community, they [the community members] would use that to improve the local breeds,” he said.
While the idea was to ensure the annual distribution of keets, the Savannah Investment Project (SIP), is financially handicapped and unable to supply the birds to the farmers.
“The project was supposed to bring more but because of the situation we find ourselves in, that has not been done. The funds that were allocated and the number of farmers; that is the challenge.”
“We have been on them to see if they can be able to procure some more for our farmers,” he added.
While the demand for the improved breeds of guineas fowls has grown, until SIP is able to fund it activities, the farmers’ requests cannot be met.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana