Poultry farmers in the Northern Region have commended the government for the implementation of the Savannah Investment Programme.
The Savannah Investment Programme (SIP) aims to reduce the importation of animal protein, enhance the competitiveness of the poultry industry, improve small ruminant breeds, and contribute to improved food and nutrition security in Ghana. The programme seeks to increase farmers’ food and nutrition security and incomes through increased agricultural productivity and diversification and enhance the creation and strengthening of agribusinesses to increase the incomes of actors along the selected value chains on a sustainable basis. The project has four components: (i) access to agriculture finance; (ii) production development; (iii) agribusiness and value chain development; and (iv) project management and institutional support. The programme will be implemented over a five-year period (2019–2024).
While the overall objectives of the programme may not have been met for poultry farmers, some gains are being made. George Dassah, the Northern Regional Chairman of Poultry Farmers, shared this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today.
“The Rearing for Food and Jobs has been a laudable idea. A few years down the lane, as the Chairman of Poultry Farmers in the Northern Region, I can attest to the fact that even though we have not seen any significant reduction in the cost of feed and as a result some farmers have folded up, there have been some achievements by the government, especially under what we call SIP. Some piloting was undertaken, and for me, I would say that it is yielding good results. For the broilers that we have been able to produce, we are developing local markets for them in the Northern Region. Those of us who used to do the pilot, we are getting people to buy from us. If we are able to scale it up, I can assure you that we are going to create more jobs and it would also lessen the burden on our cedi,” he said.
Mr. Dassah also explained that the government’s newest venture, SADEP would help in the production of soya, a major input in food production. As part of the project, a manufacturing plant for soya production is expected to be established. Once this is done, according to Mr. Dassah, it’ll help farmers reduce their cost of production.
The Government of Republic of Ghana has applied for a grant from the African Development Fund for UA21.74 million (equivalent to US$28.91 million) to finance SAVANNAH AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (SADEP).
Programme development goal: The overall goal of the Project is to ensure national food and nutrition security, create employment and contribute to industrialization.
Specific programme objectives: (i)to increase the climate-resilient production of maize, rice and soybean to support the poultry value chain, (ii)generate employment, (iii)increase the incomes of farmers and support household nutrition, (iv)especially the vulnerable women headed households.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana