The executives of the Pig Farmers Association of Ghana met the deputy minister of Food and Agriculture, Honourable Dr. Hannah Louisa Bissiw on the 12th of June, 2014 at her office in Accra (Ministries) to deliberate on the prospects and challenges facing the pig farming industry in Ghana The President of the Association Introduced the Vice President, Mr Kwaku Frimpong Adu and the Organizer, Mrs. Valerie Danchie before thanking the deputy minister for granting them audience.
The President, Mr Mensah Akyeampong enumerated the major challenges facing the pig industry to the minister and sought ways by which the ministry could solve those challenges by either coming out with polices that could help safeguard the pig industry. Among those challenges include;
Importation of Pork Iinto the Country
The President enumerated the effect of importation of Pork products into the country and the adverse effect it was having on the pig industry in Ghana. In December last year, sales of pigs dropped drastically even though it was a month of festivities. Also, the president made the minister aware that some Ghanaians had started importing pig head which is quite fatty into the country, to protect the pig industry, the President admonished the minister to ensure that pork importers also buy a quota from the pigs farmers association in order to safeguard the pig industry.
Outbreak of African Swine Fever
The pfag executives also made known the negative impact the African Swine Fever on the pig industry. They inquired on the steps the ministry was taking to control the spread of the disease. The deputy minister however assured the executives that the disease that resulted in the culling of several pigs in the western region had been contained . She informed the executives that movement of pigs in and out of the region was only possible if all necessary documentation and permits had been obtained.
Feed, Abbatoir and Marketting of Pigs Products.
The president made the minister aware that one of the greatest challenges of pig farmers is the high cost of feed.The lack of one dedicated Abattoir for pigs was also a major concern. The president asked the minister if they could give the Pig Farmers Association some of the subsidized yellow maize the poultry farmers were enjoying. He also asked if the ministry could help construct an abbatoir for pigs to be used by members in the Greater Accra and Central Region.
The deputy minister however informed the executives that the government no longer provided subsidized maize. However, they would help facilitate tax exemptions if the association should decide to import its own yellow maize for members. On the abbatoir, the deputy minister urged the association to put its house in order and once the enabling environment had been created, the ministry would get a private investor to undertake the project for the association