Ghanaian poultry farmers want increased gov’t support after Morocco trip

File[/caption] The Moroccan government supports local large-scale poultry farmers with 40 per cent of free capital investment to start their businesses. This forms part of the Moroccan Green Plan Project to empower farmers to permanently prevent importation of poultry products into the country and make that business competitive. This initiative Ghanaian poultry farmers on an educational tour in Casablanca and Rabat, the capital of Morocco, wants adopted. They made this known to TV3’s Josephine Antwi-Adjei during a tour to the Ben Cherki Farms at El Jadida, Casablanca. Ben Cherki Farms is the largest farm in Casablanca with over 18 branches spread across the city. It has a capacity of 5,000 birds in each branch. The farm, which is barely four years old, has benefitted from the Moroccan Green Plan Project by receiving 40 percent of capital investment. This capital investment was used for logistics and materials to start the business. From one facility, the farm has now grown into 18 facilities with one unit having 5,000 fowls. Managers claim they started with one day-old chick and moved into hatchery. Speaking to Josephine Antwi-Adjei, the president of the Ben Cherki Farms, Miload Zquanqa said “the support provided by the Moroccan government help to increase business”. He also noted there is enough ready market for the products from the farms. [caption id="attachment_139966" align="alignnone" width="700"] The Ghanaian farmers in Casablanca, Morocco[/caption] Ghana’s Best National Youth Farmer, Gustav Osei, recounted countless challenges confronting agriculture and livestock business in Ghana. The Moroccan Agriculture sector contributes with 19 per cent to the national GDP, divided between agriculture (15%) and agro-industry (4%). The sector employs over 4 million people including about 100,000 in agro-industry. The new agricultural strategy, Green Morocco Plan, established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing, in Morocco aims to consolidate the success achieved and to meet new challenges facing the North African nation’s competitiveness and opening of markets.

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