The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has distributed 15,000 guinea fowl birds to farmers in two districts of the Northern region through a guinea fowl production project dubbed ‘Nkonfem’.
The initiative which is under its International Small Grants Project, saw 300 farm households in Tolon and Kumbungu districts each receiving 50 six weeks old keets (birds) and starter feed to commence the productions.
The beneficiaries were also provided with some capacity building in guinea fowl production and best poultry practices to ensure the sustainability of the project.
According to ADRA, the goal of the Nkonfem Project is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 1, which talks about ending poverty everywhere and Goal 2, ending hunger and promote sustainable agriculture).
The Nkonfem Project is expected to increase guinea fowl egg hatchability rate from average of 43% to 75%,reduce mortality rate of keets from 70% to below 30%; and increase profitability of guinea fowl production by 50% among beneficiary farmers.
Some beneficiaries who spoke to the B&FT during a field visit, were upbeat that the training they had received will help them to increase production.
They said despite the high commercial value of guinea fowl production has, lack of capital and access to the birds are the two main factors hindering production.
For instance, Baba Ziblim, a farmer, said the main challenge he faces is the he mortality rate, which he said needs to be addressed using modern methods.
The Program Manager for ADRA Ghana, Dr. Isaac Kankam-Boadu, noted that the support was to help revamp guinea fowl production in the region.
“We observed that guinea fowl can also provide droppings that farmers could use as manure to apply on the crop fields to increase the yields of the farm produce, part from it commercial value,” he noted.
He added that with the Nkonfem project, farmers could access not less than 1000 eggs, saying: “The increase in production will help increase guinea fowl meat and egg consumption among Ghanaians.”
Ibrahim Alhassan, Field Officer at ADRA, said ADRA Ghana has been providing capacity building on guinea fowl production to the selected farmers, as well as other players in the agriculture sector to boost their production.
He said rigorous monitoring is being done to ensure that farmers adhere to good practices.