Miss Agriculture Ghana Foundation has launched the 2021 edition of the Chick4Chicks program.
Under the initiative, ten female participants are to undergo practical training in poultry farming over a period of six weeks after which the best three participants will given an amount of GHC7,500.00 as start-up capital to establish their own poultry farms.
During the launching which took place at the Capitol Restaurant in Cantonments on Friday May 7th, 2021, the invited Guests which comprised of experts in the poultry sector, took turns to share their experiences and some background knowledge with the participants.
Mrs. Comfort Kyerewaa Acheampong, the Coordinator for the Ghana National Campaign for Eggs Secretariat encouraged the participants to take the training seriously since it was an opportunity many had applied for and they happen to be selected amongst the many.
Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Women in Agri-Business, an activist group that speaks on behalf of women in Agriculture, Madam Theresa Ama Bonsu charged the participants to take up the challenge to break the culture of importing frozen chicken by working hard to produce enough to meet the demand in Ghana.
Mr. Michael Boating , the Project Coordinator for Chick4Chicks observed that 95 per cent of the chicken we consume in Ghana is imported, a situation which is not good for the development of the Ghanaian economy.
However, he noted that many of the small scale businesses in Agriculture are not able to access financial support from Banks and other institutions because of the fact that they have not registered their business. He added that many choose not to register their businesses because of fear of paying tax even if the business is not making profits. He said this notion is not the case, but rather, having registered your business presents a number of opportunities for the business to grow from one stage to the other.
The participants will be housed in a private property in Tema for a period of six weeks starting from 17th May 2021, during which they will be working on attachment with Delawin Farms
The participants appealed to the Government and other companies to support the project with money so that all ten participants are able to get the start-up capital to enable them to start their own poultry farm as soon as they complete the training.
The program is supported by the Ghana Poultry Project and the following institutions.
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