Despite the Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s policy to reduce the importation of chicken to save the struggling local poultry industry, farmers say challenges persist.
The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) says local poultry farmers still incur losses as consumers choose cheap frozen chicken dumped on the market over the broilers produced in Ghana.
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“We are not seeing it really because if there has been any reduction it would have reflected in our production. But as I speak with you now poultry farmers are not interested in producing broilers because they are not competitive in terms of pricing with the imported ones.
“We cannot imagine somebody raising a broiler which is supposed to be sold latest by seven weeks but it gets to 14 weeks, 16 weeks and still you cannot sell. So this has frustrated the farmers and therefore no poultry farmer as of now is interested to go into the broiler production,” the Association’s Chairman, Victor Oppong Adjei, said.
The Association has estimated that over 135,000 metric tonnes of frozen chicken were imported from the European Zone to Ghana in 2017, a figure that represented 76% increase over 2016 imports.
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The current government will not disclose by how much the frozen chicken importation, which was announced in March has been reduced.
However, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Food and Agriculture, Dr Nurah Gyeile, recently disclosed on Accra-based 3FM that the importation has been reduced “to the barest minimum.”
He revealed that permits for importation of frozen chicken have been withheld in a bid to support the struggling local poultry industry, but urged farmers to produce enough chicken to feed demand.
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Ghana’s poultry feed industry is mostly focused on layer feed due to the increase of layer bird production.
About 80 percent of feed produced by commercial feed millers is layer feed, however, there s a seasonal broiler feed demand by poultry producers who raise broiler birds for the festive seasons – that during Christmas, Easter and Ramadan.
The main imported feed ingredients are yellow corn, soybean meal, fish meal and vitamin-mineral premixes.
The locally available feed ingredients are corn (white or yellow), soybean cake, cotton-seed cake, kernel cake, copra cake, fish meal and oyster shell.
Apart from the excessive importation of frozen chicken, high costs of feed is also a major problem.
The cost of feed adds to a myriad of challenges that increase the cost of chicken production for local poultry farmers.


  1. blacks and complaining, why wont ppl go in for frozen chicken when u make ur products expensive,a box of frozen chicken thigh is 90-120gh.a broiler is 60 to 80gh. massa which one will you go for,instead of learning how the foreingn companies produce and are able to make things cheaper so u replicate it here or enhance on it we always complaining saaaaaa. chickens will cost around 60 gh but when it getting to festive season ppl increase price for no apparent reason and u expect the poor man to patronize it when he can feed his whole family with a box of chicken for a month and above.

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