Boris Baidoo to government: Restrict importation of chicken into Ghana

President Akufo-Addo launched phase II of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme on Monday as part of measures to transform the agriculture sector

The chief executive officer of Boris B Group of Companies, Boris Baidoo is urging the government to restrict the importation of chicken into the country by allocating a quota to domestic poultry farmers.

Baidoo’s comment comes after President Nana Akufo Addo and the Agriculture Minister Bryan Acheampong visited the booth of the company at the launch of the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme in Tamale on Monday (28 August).

Boris B Group of Companies has the capacity to produce 100,000 birds monthly but can scale it up to 400,000 or 500,000 with a few increment in the blast freezing and fridge capacities. The company has also acquired a 5.23-acre land to build a new plant for slaughtering with funding from the Ghana Export-Import Bank (GEXIM).

Boris B Group of Companies deals in the production of frozen chicken and eggs.

The second phase of the PFJ programme is a five-year master plan for the transformation of agriculture in Ghana with focus on modernisation through the development of a selected commodity value chain and active private sector participation.

Speaking in an interview with Asaase News, Baidoo said supporting local poultry farmers will help generate more employment.

“I am very happy that the president is getting himself involved, because without that it means some sort of importing are coming to Ghana will not be a bit restricted and we are not trying to spoil anybody’s business,” Baidoo said.

“But all that we are trying to do is that a quota should be given to domestic poultry farmers who are also helping in employment creation, and that is why the president involvement is very important,” Baidoo said.

Listen to Dr Boris Baidoo in the attached audio clip below: 

Speaking at the launch of the PFJ programme, Akufo-Addo said: “The impact of the programme is expected to be in the area of job creation, with some 1.2 million farmers to be enrolled in the first year.”

“In the next four years, the programme is destined to record an annual average of 210,000 new farm-related jobs. This will exclude other jobs along the agricultural value chains estimated at an annual average of four hundred and twenty thousand over the same period”.


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