Poultry International - September 2017 - 16
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Ghana poultry farm's integration
model trains community
Working with indigenous guinea fowl and layers, model farm in
Ghana hopes to establish integrated model with local producers.
Tamale was established in 2011 by Sintaro
Mahama, a former International Federation
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent logistics manager, who wants it to function has
a model farm to advance agricultural progress in the region.
wants Tibzaa farm
to not only supply
meat and eggs in
northern Ghana but
also to be a training
A model poultry farm in the north of
Ghana is hoping to meet local demand for
poultry meat and eggs, and to share rearing knowledge with local farmers.
What little commercial broiler production exists in the country tends to be concentrated in the south. Northern Ghana
has never been a poultry-producing region, despite strong demand for meat and eggs. Access
is further hampered by the country relying on imports
for much of its broiler meat, making it expensive.
But demand for poultry meat does not have to be
solely satisfied by broiler meat, and this new model
farm is working with guinea fowl - rather than broilers
- and layers.
Tibzaa Farm, located near the regional capital of
The farm is not simply taking a topdown approach, but is inviting local communities to become members of this "rural
integration model" and to contribute to its
The farm has adopted the slogan of
"Endless opportunities" and, as
Mahama explains: "This means that
we are facilitating the local
The farm has breeding
indigenous to the
flocks of about 2,000 indigearea, will be used to
nous guinea fowl and approxiproduce meat.
mately 5,000 Lohman Classic
Brown layers, which are
already producing eggs for sale. The
farm is the process of registering local farmers to work with it and rear
guinea fowl or laying hens. Basic
training is being carried out onfarm, but there are plans to increase
the farm's training opportunities.
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