Poultry farmers in Ghana are angry.
And no, it’s not because the price of chicken feed has gone up or that government is importing more frozen chicken to compete with local produce, but they are angry because the government of the day has opted to replace eggs used in the free meal policy for Senior High School students with Mackerel imported from China.
President of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), Victor Oppong Adjei has slammed the decision by the Akufo-Addo-led government describing it as insensitive to the plight of Ghanaian farmers.
Reports indicate that the Akufo-Addo government has awarded a contract to a Chinese company to import mackerel for students under the school feeding and cut the consumption of eggs.
Commenting on the issue in an interview on Accra based Starr FM, Victor Oppong Adjei said “The supply of eggs to schools was helping the poultry industry. But we’re hearing of the importation of mackerel to substitute the eggs, which is very unfortunate. The nutrients in eggs help the brains so you can’t compare mackerels to them. There was no agreement but gov’t said eggs should be added to the school feeding program. It was last week we heard that the eggs are being substituted with mackerel. Which is unfortunate.”
He continued, “as we speak now farmers are selling their birds prematurely and if we don’t take care, it’s going to collapse the poultry industry. People have been saying eggs are not good but you can take 2 to 3 eggs a day which is still good for you. Eggs have good cholesterol so we are doing much education on it.”