Poultry farmers who had their birds destroyed about two years ago in two separate outbreaks of Avian influenza (bird flu) say they are yet to be compensated.
In all, about 66,000 birds were destroyed in the two separate outbreaks in parts of Greater Accra.
Though some poultry farmers were paid, 35 of them are yet to receive their compensation.
Attempts by these affected farmers to get their concerns addressed by the government are yet to materialize.
In the run up to the 2016 elections, then candidate Akufo-Addo promised to grow the agric sector through some policies.
Despite some initiatives to boost the sector already implemented, poultry farmers feel left out.
Among these poultry farmers are those whose birds, feed, farm implements and other things were destroyed over the bird flu outbreak.
Some farms collapsed after being hit by the flu with those who survived after the flu having fewer birds currently.
Justice Kwame Kubulai of Justice Farms lost close to6,200 birds about two years ago.R
“The Veterinary Service Department confirmed that it was bird flu and destroyed everything I had here and gave assurance that my compensation will be paid within three months but two years down the line, I am yet to receive my money,” he lamented.
According to him, other farmers who had close to 20,000 birds destroyed are still struggling to have the compensation issue sorted out.
One other factor that has led to the collapse of some farms is lack of access to loan facilities.
Justice Kwame Kubulai said their creditors feared these farmers might not be in the positonto clear the debt due to the supposed risk in the poultry business.
Justice Farms provides indirect jobs for about 200 individuals through the supply of eggs.
“Going to the banks, no bank is ready to help you and one has to rely on personal savings, support from family and friends and this makes the business difficult to sustain” he said.
Apart from finance, cost of maize to produce feed is another headache the farmers are battling with.