The Ghana Pig Farmers Association attributes the sudden spike in pig prices to rising feed costs and other circumstances.
To compensate for the increase in feed prices, the Association claims it has implemented pricing modifications ranging from 15% to 25%.
“As the management of the Association, we cannot sit by and watch as the companies of our members fold as a result of an increase in feed prices and, in certain cases, feed shortages, which is why we have increased the pricing per kg of pork,” said Kwame Appiah Danquah, president of the Association.
“Food ingredients have become incredibly expensive, and some farmers have opted to close their doors, so we ran the numbers and came up with a price increase of 15% to 25%.” These modifications will only maintain us in business, not profit until things change, at which point we will be able to start profiting,” Kwame Appiah Danquah remarked.
“We are concerned that the government has not provided the support we expected. One of our problems is that we can’t persuade retail outlets in malls to buy our products, and they favour foreign products over ours,” said the President of the Pig Farmers Association.
To compensate for the shortage, the group wants the government to explore importing some of the feed ingredients.
“Not only have we been dealing with pricing fluctuations, but also with feed supply.” The feed used to arrive on a regular basis, but we’re not sure what happened, and we’re hoping the government would help by importing the feed to supplement the ones here. We are occasionally obliged to slaughter our animals due to a lack of nutrition, which is not good,” the association’s president stated.
Across the country, several members of the association have expressed varying views on how the sector should be governed and how the government might meet them halfway.
Ing. George Ayarik, the Organization’s Central Regional Chairman and National Secretary, voiced concern that the government’s Rearing for Food initiative had not cooperated with the association to feed the second cycle institutions with pork, which they claim is not a protein source.
“I was fed pork in high school, but I’m not sure what happened, and I’m pleading with the authorities to help us.” This will also relieve pressure on other meat supplies, including chicken and beef, according to the National Secretary.
Alexander Kay Jay, the Association’s Volta Regional Chairman, encouraged members to treat pig raising as a business in order to gain profits.
“I’d like to encourage my colleagues to turn pig farming into a business since it’s the only way we’ll be able to survive.”