A project to stimulate the production of quality livestock and create a market for a continuous supply of quality animals with high meat potential has been started in Bawku in the Haut-Est region.
The project, which also aims to build the capacity of farmers in the livestock value chain to access quality feed at low cost, would be implemented in the municipalities of Bawku and Gushegu in the region of North by a consortium of four organizations and institutions.
The four are the Association of Developing Communities of Ghana (GDCA), the main implementer, the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Development Studies (UDS), the cattle in Pong-Tamale and the Association of Cattle Traders in Bawku.
The initiative of the project to support the marketing of meat and cattle in West Africa and Chad (PACBAO) is entitled: “Intensification of quality slaughter animals in the regions of North and Haut- Eastern Ghana ”.
The two-year US $ 200,000.00 project is placed under the auspices of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) of the ECOWAS Commission and funded by the Development and Cooperation Directorate. (DDC) Swiss.
Speaking at the launch in Bawku, Alhaji Osman Abdel-Rahman, Executive Director of GDCA, noted that the project would empower farmers in the livestock value chain, including production, ranching and farming. fattening as well as the preparation of quality livestock feed.
According to him, this would ensure that the animals and meat produced and supplied to the market and members of the public are healthy and of high quality, to increase market demand and create jobs for farmers.
“Second, we are looking at how we can support breeders with breeders so that they can improve the stocks they hold and support farmers who want to get into the production and sale of fodder,” he said. .
He said the potential of the livestock industry has been overlooked over the years by stakeholders, even though the sector tends to create decent jobs, reduce poverty and help achieve goals. sustainable development if particular attention was paid to it.
Mr. Lukeman Yussif, the PACBAO project coordinator, said that ECOWAS is making a paradigm shift, moving from ECOWAS of states to ECOWAS of the people to ensure that the impact of political interventions is felt directly by the people.
The project coordinator noted that the two municipalities had a comparative advantage in the production and sale of livestock compared to other regions and added that the project would develop the skills and knowledge of farmers in the value chain of l ‘animal husbandry to increase animal production, animal husbandry and feed production. .
Yussif said the project would work effectively with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Veterinary Services to ensure animal health is guaranteed and free from diseases such as anthrax.
He said that in addition to capacity building services to help farmers transform agricultural residues into quality fodder to feed animals and conserve water resources, the project would directly support 143 pastoralists with live animals, including cattle. and sheep.
Mr. Charles Akwotie, City Manager of Bawku Agriculture Department, welcomed the initiative and said it would boost animal production in the region, increase farmers’ incomes, increase household food security and help reduce poverty.