Mr. Owusu Boadi
Meat shortage is poised to hit Ashanti Region in the next few months should pandemic Covi-19 continue to terrorize the country. Managing Director of Kumasi Abattoir Company Limited Mr. Owusu Boadi has revealed.
Importation of meat resort like, cattle, sheep, goat among others from neighboring countries to Kumasi Abattoir; the biggest meat producer for the region is expected to dwindle in the coming months as pandemic coronavirus- has forced the closure of all borders of the country to curb its spread.
Although Ghana has a big livestock market, yet the slaughterhouse says it has not been sufficient for the country’s consumption.
This comes few days after the Minister for Food and Agriculture Mr. Afriyie Akoto said there is enough food to feed the country should the novel virus persist for long.
According Mr. Akoto, government’s initiatives like Planting for Food and Job, One District one factory among other policies made it possible to secure the countrys food security.
But the Kumasi Abattoir says, the country has been depending on neighboring countries like Mali and Burkina Faso their huge livestock import to Ashanti Region and other part of the country.
However, “the closure of boarders amid COVID-19 has seized regular importation of meat resort to Kumasi Abattoir and that has forced us to shutdown one of our production lines”, Mr. Owusu Boadi revealed, adding that it is going to affect the country.
He said “although we have continued to produce our meat for sale, yet the country cannot rely solely on its livestock since that alone cannot feed the entire nation for month”.
Mr Owusu Boadi further hinted that, Ghana is expected to experience the peak of her meat crises, adding that the Ashanti Region will spur the shortage of millions of pounds of meat if COVID-19 compels government to leave all boarders closed.
Source: Newstimesgh.com/ Joe Marfo