Poultry production in Ghana
Poultry production in Ghana has a great value on the country's economy, accounting for 14% of the country's total gross domestic product. In Ghana, as in other West African countries, chicken continues to be the main source of protein preferred by consumers.
Poultry production in Ghana has a great value on the country’s economy, accounting for 14% of the country’s total gross domestic product. In Ghana, as in other West African countries, chicken continues to be the main source of protein preferred by consumers.
Chicken consumption in the country is around 13 kg per Capita annual (2021) and is expected to demand reach 460 million tons during this year, which implies an increase of 15% over the previous year. Population growth, along with the development of an economically middle class is favoring this growth in demand.
In terms of production, although chicken production is growing significantly in recent years, it is not sufficiently developed to supply the country’s domestic demand. Domestic production is expected to reach 60 million tons, which represents an increase of 20% over the previous year. Despite this increase, local production is still far from covering domestic demand.
The main countries from which Ghana exports chicken meat are the Netherlands, Poland, the United States and Belgium. To reverse this situation, the authorities in Ghana are promoting the poultry sector, modernizing it and helping to finance new poultry companies.
One of the biggest challenges for the poultry industry in Ghana is the high cost of production, especially of the raw materials to produce the feed. The price of these raw materials, especially corn, has increased by between 49 and 82% in the last two years.
In this situation, it is especially important to ensure the correct conservation, both raw materials and finished feed. The cimenol ring, a phenolic compound of botanical origin is an effective and natural tool for this purpose, thanks to its long-lasting bactericidal and fungicidal effect.
The cimenol ring is a 100% natural molecule and there are numerous studies that prove that it can reduce bacterial and fungal contamination of feed by more than 90%. At the same time, the cimenol ring remains active in the digestive tract of birds, where it acts as an intestinal microbiocide, preventing digestive infections and betteraging the productivity of birds.
The cimenol ring is marketed under the name of Alquermold Natural by Biovet S.A.