Poultry International - September 2017 - 17
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"We aim to establish a training facility on our
premises in the near future, but first, production on
the farm needs to be in full swing. The structure is not
truly 'high end' but that's not really what we are aiming for. On the contrary, it must, to some extent, represent the current conditions in the local communities."
Facilities already on the site include a small hatchery, a brooding house, two open-sided layer houses,
two traditional guinea fowl pens and a small feed mill.
While slaughtering equipment is already on-site, it has
yet to be set up.
In addition to producing meat birds and layers, the
farm is also engaged in crop production.
"The idea behind this alternative integration is that
we will provide input materials for free to the farmers in the region," Mahama said. "Referring to guinea
fowl, this means, for example, breeding stock, feed
and veterinary medicines. The farmers, in turn, provide housing and labor. We support and monitor them
"Once the birds have reached target weight, they
will be taken to our slaughtering facilities. The farmers can keep a part of the crop for their own use, and/
or they can sell them. Both the farmers and Tibzaa
benefit from this structure," Mahama said. "The same
models will be used for layers. Input and
registering to work
support comes from Tibzaa, output goes
back to Tibzaa and to the farmers."
But this is not an easy model to follow in an area where education levels are
usually low. For this reason, farmers are trained on the
Tibzaa farm. To help ensure that farmers are receiving
the best possible training, the farm has received assistance from senior experts at PUM, a Dutch nonprofit
organization established by the country's employers'
Help has been given in the areas of best practice
and on establishing contacts with professional suppliers from the international poultry business.
Tamale is strategically located on the highway to
Burkina Faso and several other countries, and sales
could, in time, be expanded outwards. In addition
to working with the local community, Mahama also
believes there may be opportunities to explore export
Ghana depends on imports to meet
chicken meat demand
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