National Cockerel Project
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture ordered 5,000 Cockerels under the National Cockerel Project being implemented by Animal Production Directorate for distribution to 250 rural poultry keepers in 2 regions of the country.
FAO sponsored Sheep Project
Under this project 4 conflict prone districts (Wa, Tamale, Bawku and Yendi) were selected from the 3 Northern regions, out of which 400 farmers (266 males & 134 Females) have received 5 sheep each comprising 1 young ram and 4 gimmers. So far the beneficiary farmers have been trained in Sheep husbandry and animal health care.
Sustainable land management project
Under the Sustainable Land Management project, African Development Bank (AfDB) sponsored the Ministry of Food and Agriculture/Animal Production Directorate under the PATTEC Project to establish fodder bank demonstration plots in the selected ‘’Tsetse free’’ communities. Eleven (11) demonstration plots established in 5 districts are being harvested for livestock feeding.
Animal Genetic Resource Programme
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) inaugurated a 15-member National Consultative Committee (NCC) on local Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) to implement the Global Plan of Action on Animal Genetic Resources management and development in Ghana.
Livestock breed improvement and supply
The Livestock Breeding Stations produced 1,884 of various livestock species and supplied to 560 farmers. There was a reduction in performance over the previous year. 79.5% of birth target was achieved while breeding animals supplied to livestock farmers increased by over 155%.
Livestock/Poultry Feed Imports
During the year 2012 the Directorate issued permits for the clearance of 34,696.47 metric tons of imported feed ingredients.
In order to boost livestock production and productivity in the country, the following activities were undertaken
- To improve the performance of our local breed of livestock, livestock farmers were supplied improved breed of livestock of various species at a subsidized rate from the National Livestock Breeding Stations.
- To facilitate effective livestock extension delivery and easy adoption of livestock extension delivery and production technologies, eleven Livestock Demonstration Centres (LDCs) have been established in seven regions in the country. It is estimated that these would enhance livestock production among some 50,000 small scale livestock farmers.
- Since 2009, one hundred thousand (100,000) cockerels have been reared, 86,042 have been distributed to 5,620 farmers in 114 districts in seven regions of the country. This is to boost local poultry production.
- 1.4 tons of Stylosanthes seed (leguminous pasture seed) procured for multiplication under the Livestock Development Project has yielded 5.2 tons of viable seed. This would be distributed to farmers for over sowing of range lands and establishment of fodder banks. It is an effort geared towards improving grazing materials on the range lands.
- 1,000 breeding pigs were procured and distributed to 250 farmers in four Regions in 2011. This was passed on to other farmers in February 2012 under a programme dubbed “pass on the gift” to bust pig production.
- 45,00 sheep and goats were procured and distributed to 3,000 farmers in 35 districts under the credit-in-kind scheme of the LDP.
- FAO Human Security Project: 2,000 sheep were distributed to 400 farmers in Tamale, Wa, Yendi and Bawku.
- Credit support for selected commercial poultry farmers with inputs to produce 6,000 broilers and credit-in-kind basis.
- Pan African Trypanosomiasis and Tsetse Eradication Programme: APD developed fodder banks in 11 communities in five districts of the Upper West Region.
- Enhanced Guinea Fowl Project in the Three Northern Regions of Ghana
With support from the FAO, three Guinea fowl demonstration/breeding centers equipped with hatchery incubators, have been constructed at Paga in the Upper East region, Babile in the Upper West region and Pong-Tamale in the Northern region to promote modern techniques of guinea fowl production in these regions.
The project will import 7,500 exotic guinea fowl day-old-keets and would be brooded for 8 weeks and distributed to selected districts in the Kassena Nankana West, Lawra and Pong Tamale districts in the UER, UWR and NR, respectively.
1500 farmers would benefit directly from this project.