Park Agrotech, a subsidiary of the Skylark Group has invested about $30 million in the country which is gradually reviving the poultry industry in the Eastern Region.
The feed comes in five grades, with age- specifications to meet the nutritional need of birds at all stages of poultry production.Using modern technology and scientific approaches, the initiative gives local farmers cost-effective access to quality feed, a requirement for a robust poultry industry.
The feed mill, which is located at Apedwa in the Eastern Region, is part of a $8-billion investment the company put into poultry production, including a breeder farm, a mechanised maize farm and a hatchery.The feed mill has the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of feed a year and hatchery setup is with a capacity to produce four million chicks a year, Lalit Mishra, Managing Director of Park Agrotech told
According to him, the feed was produced with sophisticated technology that left little space for human interference and contamination of the final product.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had visited the feed mill as part of his tour of the Eastern Region in December last year.The visit was meant to ascertain the quality of work by the company.
Ghana’s poultry industry has faced a downturn in 1980s but with this launch the local farmers got hope of getting better feed quality and easy availability of day-old chicks.
“There is a viable market for poultry in this country and so the right support ought to be given to farmers to take advantage of it.The President should find a way to make credit available to small holder farmers and also strengthen partnerships with the private sector to boost the poultry sector,” said one of the guest present at the launch ceremony.
He also stressed the need for the government to take radical measures to decentralise some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAS) to take development to all parts of the country.
“Ministries such as Food and Agriculture, Local Government and Rural Development, Lands and Natural Resources, as well as the Forestry Commission, should be decentralised. But it takes courage to do that,” he added.
For his part, Mr Yadav lauded the managers of the company for the initiative, saying that the investment in the poultry sector would enhance the relationship between Ghana and India.
“The government has an agricultural policy called Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) and so I see this investment in poultry feed as a major step by a private sector organisation to support that job creation agenda because many people will be employed in the value chain,” he said.