Women In Poultry Farming Urged To Be More Innovative

Story by Carlos Afanou

Women in Poultry Farming have been urged to be more innovative in order to make their business more viable and productive.

The Minister for Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng –Gyasi who gave the advice was speaking at the International Women’s Day Celebration (IWD) 2020 organized by the Women in Poultry Farming (WIPF) in collaboration with Women Poultry Value Chain(WIPVAC) under the theme: “I am Generation Equality –Realizing Entrepreneurial Opportunities In The Poultry Sector”

“Women in the egg business should keep the eggs clean to look attractive and edible. Packaging of your eggs is as important as the poultry business itself. So let’s keep this in mind and make sure that at all times we look different and unique from the others” Hon. Oteng Gyasi emphasized.

Touching on the International women’s Day Celebration, the Tourism Minister stressed that the celebration forms part of government’s inclusive agenda to empower women to positively contribute to the economic development of the country.

According to her women plays a very pivotal role in all spheres of life hence the need for women to be protected and treated same as their men counterpart within the society and work places.

“We do know that in some work places, some men are paid more than women. It shouldn’t be so. We should be paid equally. We are not saying we want to take the natural place that God gave men no, but we want to be treated equally “she said

Later, an agribusiness Value Chain Expert, Mr. Lovans Owusu Takyi, on his part explained that the value chain in the poultry business is very enormous adding that they (poultry farmers) should add value to their business and take advantage of it to make enough profit.

He cited an instance where a poultry farmer can decide to transport client’s orders for them with their own vehicle or package their poultry products in a way that is unique than the others.

“The poultry value chain is very broad and if you are innovative there is so much you can benefit from it. Do not focus on the production alone, focus about how for instance you can decide to package your eggs nicely and send them to the malls. If it’s attractive people will buy it and that can be an added advantage to the value chain” Mr. Lovans emphasized.

The Women in Poultry Farming (WIPF) later presented a cash award to one of the WIPF members as winner of the business plan competition pitch it instituted.

The group also announced its intention to donate to a charity home as part of the International Women’s Day celebration.

The event was graced by the National President of WIPVAC-Apex, Madam Victoria Norgbey, an officer from the Ghana Poultry Project, Madam Carienne De- Boar and the Greater Accra Regional president and National Vice President of WIPF Madam Gifty Rodor.
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