10:44, 05.May 2016
Poultry farmers in the country and the Ministry of Agriculture should collaborate to regulate and, subsequently, bring down the cost of eggs in the country, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa has said.
According to the former Director General of the Ghana Health Service, the current situation where retailers buy eggs at no more than 30 pesewas from producers and sell at GHS1 or more only profits sellers, leaving farmers with low returns on their products and consumers paying too much for eggs.
Prof Akosa said this on World Egg Day, observed on Friday October 14, as he addressed members of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) in Accra.
He said there was the need for GNAPF and the Ministry of Agriculture and other regulatory bodies to come together and determine a uniform price for eggs as is done by the beverage companies for their products.
He said once that happens, farmers will get value for their products while the cost of an egg will fall and drive up nationwide consumption of the product.
The retired pathologist said: “I want the Ghana poultry farmers association to say that we produce an egg at 30 pesewas…and it should be sold at 40 pesewas.
“I can’t understand how a farmer can produce an egg at 30 pesewas and allow someone to go and sell it at one cedi and then people are saying egg is too expensive.