GAIN Poultry & Products Annual Brief

General Information: Production Commercial poultry production in Ghana grew rapidly during the 1980-1990s, developing into a vibrant sector that supplied about 80 percent of the available chicken meat and eggs in the country. The development of the commercial poultry industry was initially slow, due to the irregular supply of imported day-old chicks, a lack of veterinary drugs, and frequent outbreaks of poultry diseases. In order to increase growth the Government of Ghana (GOG) removed customs duties on poultry inputs (feed, additives, drugs and vaccines) and improved access to veterinary services.

According to GOG sources broiler production has experienced a steep decline from 80 percent of the market supply 2000 to 10 percent in 2010. This downward trend is due primarily to a very high cost of production (feed, drugs,). Other constraints include the high energy prices which have pulled up production costs by over 60 percent. Read more…