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SADA-Asongtaba constructs nucleus guinea fowl farms

2013-09-23 21:08:49
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Five nucleus farms currently under construction at different locations in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) are progressing steadily.

The farms, which are part of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Project, are being built in each of the five beneficiary regions that fall under the SADA project zone.

They are Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions, as well as the northern parts of Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, which have similar climatic conditions.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Production and Marketing Company Limited, Mr Henry Kangah, in an interview with journalists, said each of the nucleus farms would cost between GH¢800,000.00 and GH¢1.5 million.

He explained that each farm would be equipped with modern facilities and machinery that would make the farms production centres of wholesale poultry feed, poultry feathers and droppings for manure, processing units, production of layers and brooders, as well as a hatchery.

Each farm would have the capacity to produce 4000 birds while serving as a nucleus centre to provide a ready market for out-grower farmers, and also capacity building for existing farmers.

Mr Kangah noted that the construction works, which was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of August, had been delayed due to some technical and unforeseen difficulties, including frequent rains around the period of the year.

“We’re now looking at the end of October, by which time we expect construction and set-up of farms to have been completed,” he projected.

The overall objective of the SADA-Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Project is to promote the production of guinea fowls, considered a delicacy among many Ghanaians on commercial basis while generating jobs for 1,500 youth.

The three northern regions alone are said to have a population of 5.2 million, and the successful execution of the project is also expected to improve the economic lives and enhance sustainable environmental practices in the beneficiary regions.

The targeted 1,500 unemployed youth are hoping to be skilled in all stages of guinea fowl production, marketing and supply, using modern facilities through practical training by early 2016.

A total of approximately three million birds (that is annual output of 2,000 birds per beneficiary) are expected to be produced annually by the project for both local and international markets, to enable Ghana to become a leading exporter of guinea fowl and guinea fowl products.

source: ghanaweb.com

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