MOFA-FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme Launches with Delivery of Day-Old Chicks to Ashanti Region Farmers - Onlinetimesgh

MOFA-FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme Launches with Delivery of Day-Old Chicks to Ashanti Region Farmers

The Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MOFA) has initiated its first phase of the Poultry Intensification Scheme under the West Africa Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP), marking a significant step towards revitalizing the broiler industry in Ghana.

Some selected commercial anchor poultry farmers in the Ashanti Region have received their inaugural shipment of approximately 130,000 day-old chicks, signaling the beginning of the scheme’s implementation.

“With an object of revamping the broiler industry, the Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MOFA) is rolling out the first phase of the Poultry Intensification Scheme under the West Africa Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP). To that effect, some selected commercial anchor poultry farmers in the Ashanti Region have taken delivery of  about 130,000 day-old chicks – which constitutes their first consignment of day-old chicks for the commencent of the scheme.”

Under the scheme, additional regions including Bono, Eastern, Greater Accra, Central, and Volta are set to receive deliveries of day-old chicks, contributing to the nationwide effort to bolster the poultry sector.

According to MOFA-FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme, beneficiaries of the scheme stands to gain access to comprehensive support under World Bank funding. Each participant will receive input credit comprising 160,000 day-old chicks, 180,000 kilograms of feed, and essential vaccines in the initial allocation.

“The MOFA-FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme is being run in phases under World Bank funding, with each beneficiary receiving input credit in the form of about one hundred and sixty thousand (160, 000) day-old chicks, one hundred and eighty (180,000) kilograms of feed, as well as supplies of vaccines, in the first round of allocations.”

Furthermore, they will undergo training in modern best practices and climate-smart technologies within the poultry industry.

“They will also be granted training in best modern practices and climate-smart technologies within the poultry industry. They will further be able to access matching grants to procure equipment to support post-production processing and cold storage. The scheme targets the production of approximately 2 million broiler birds on a yearly basis, under a $12.5m World Bank facility.”

Twenty-two commercial anchor farmers were carefully selected nationwide to partake in the program, with a mandate to produce, process, and market 2 million birds annually over the next three years.

“The programme has selected twenty-two (22) commercial anchor farmers nationwide to be supported to produce, process and market 2 million birds annually over the next three years.”

MOFA’s criteria in selection of candidates include a track record of poultry production, registration with relevant authorities, linkages with smallholder farmers, and compliance with regulatory standards. Additionally, the scheme prioritizes gender and youth inclusion in both upstream and downstream segments of the value chain.

“The criteria for participation in the scheme demands that applicants must have been in poultry (broiler) production, processing and marketing within the last 5 years; must be registered with the Registrar General or other statutory body; must have linkages with small holder farmers; must be in the  databases of the District Directorate of Agric of their operational areas; must include at least 10% women and 10% youth in both upstream and downstream of the value chain; and must be compliant with requirements of regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Fire Service, the Food & Drugs Authority, Ghana Standards Authority and the World Bank.”

The initiative aligns with the broader objectives of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) 2.0 agenda, aiming for poultry self-sufficiency output of 400,000 metric tonnes per year by 2028.

The West Africa Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP), funded by the World Bank and endorsed by ECOWAS, seeks to enhance food system risk management, improve agricultural productivity sustainability, and harmonize agricultural markets across the West African sub-region. In Ghana, FSRP focuses on intensified production, marketing, and consumption of essential crops such as rice, maize, broiler poultry, soybeans (for poultry), and tomatoes, under the stewardship of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture.

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