Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, Deputy Minister designate for Food and Agriculture on Tuesday said the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority’s (SADA) Guinea fowl Outgrowing Project is “a brilliant idea” that holds enormous economic potential for the country.
He said instead of vilifying and ridiculing the business collaboration between SADA and the Azongtaba Cottage Industry, the advantages and benefits that the venture could accrue to the country should form the guiding principle in any discuss concerning the project, because the intervention would alleviate poverty and provide employment for the people of northern Ghana.
“So far as I am concerned, SADA is doing the right thing, we only need to look into the details of the project,” he said when being vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament in Accra.
Dr Alhassan who is the Member of Parliament for Mion said because of the tasty and healthy nature of the guinea fowl meat, it made economic sense to produce the birds in commercial quantities to satisfy rising domestic demand and prepare the sector to maximise gains that could be derived from exports.
He said SADA entered the arrangement with Azongtaba on a Public-Private-Partnership arrangement to upscale the project.
Dr Alhassan said SADA realised the need to expose farmers who had used the same production techniques for decades to a better technology to increase guinea fowl production and to use Azongtaba as a marketing channel to sell the fowls.
Guinea fowls by nature don’t hatch their own eggs; rural farmers give the eggs to the domestic hen to hatch it. Currently a sizeable dressed guinea fowl sells from 18 to 25 Ghana Cedis.
“Let me say that if there is no business opportunity in guinea fowl production what is the business of an investor from Belgium setting up an industrial hatchery to hatch guinea fowl chicks for Azongtaba in Ghana?”
Dr Alhassan urged Ghanaians to patronise locally produced food items for the sector to grow, praising government for limiting the importation of staples like rice.
He called for interventions to remedy the malaise of the local poultry industry.
On her part, Victoria Hamah, Deputy Communications Minister designate said Ghana Post (GP) is still relevant and its dwindling fortunes could be salvaged if it garner the opportunities inherent in current technological advancements in that sector.
She suggested that GP should exploit the advantage of its nationwide infrastructure to connect within businesses on the internet that require parcel delivery in Ghana.
Ms Hamah asked the telecommunications companies in the country to put a stop to misleading advertisements claiming nationwide coverage when they have not achieved such a feat.
“The telecom companies should stop deceiving the public. They should come out and tell us the truth because we deserve the truth,” she said.
The nominee said attacks on her personality when she was pencilled for the position by the President was unfortunate, saying her appointment was a clear show of confidence in women and in the youth.
According to her, the verbal assaults were carried out by “persons who had no work experience” but had suddenly acquired expertise on who was competent enough for political appointments.
On the issue of cyber fraud, Ms Hamah called for urgent interventions to fight the canker to ensure the country’s security and reputation.
She told committee that she lived in a community where the youth spent their time defrauding people on the internet, saying this called for collaboration both in the sub-region and globally to stall the negative activities of the cyber space. GNA