Beneficiaries of layer chickens under ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ laud government

Mohammed said, during the first quarter of this year, she sold 120 crates of eggs and bought some medicines and cereals for poultry feed

Women in the Bolgatanga Municipality, who were given layer chickens under the government’s flagship programme, Rearing for Food and Jobs, have started reaping fruits from the business.

The women, who received 120 layer chickens each at the later part of 2022, said they are making good sales from the eggs but use most of their proceeds to buy feed and medicines for the fowls.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the women complained about the hot weather, from March to May, which has contributed to the death of many birds.

Linda Adongo, from the Soe community, said the harsh weather has also affected egg production.

In previous months, Adongo used the sales from eggs to buy poultry feed and concentrates. However, the rate of increase in the price of feed has become a major challenge for her business.

She has 99 birds left. The poultry farmer said the training offered to the beneficiaries has been useful. She can now prepare feed for the birds.

Each of the women was given 12 bags of feed from the onset of the programme. This gave them a good start.

Aisha Mohammed said, “The project is very good and by the time the birds arrived, the weather was good. I made so much [money]. I could also serve eggs to my children to help in their protein intake. I am grateful to the government and MoFA for the support.”

She is a beneficiary from the Damweo community. Currently, she has 90 birds because of the challenges with the hot weather. She picks two crates of eggs every four days.

Mohammed said, during the first quarter of this year, she sold 120 crates of eggs. She used her earnings to buy medicines, corn and soya beans to make some feed for the birds.

Fuseina, another beneficiary, said she lost 15 of her birds. She sold 150 crates of eggs at the beginning of the programme.

She stated that because she can prepare the poultry feed, she buys cereals for the feed from her earnings. She also buys medicines for the birds. The medicines cost about GHC600 for one phase of treatment.

She bemoaned the reduction in egg production because of the bad weather. She only collects two crates of eggs per week. Some eggs are too small for sale.

Fuseina said, “I thank government for giving me the opportunity to benefit from the programme. I know we cannot get everything. I could not have raised money to acquire all the birds given me but with hard work, trainings and visits from the agricultural officers to guide me, the future is bright for me and my family.”



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