Pig farmers in the Ashanti region are reeling under losses amounting to millions of cedis.
Thousands of pigs have been killed in the incidents of Swine fever which happened last year and this year around this same period.
The affected communities are Adjaman and Amakom in the Bosomtwe District, Hemang near Santasi in the Atwima Nwabiagya District and Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North District.
The farmers complained they have lost their livelihoods and want government to come to their aid.
Ultimate News’ visit to the popular Adanko Deka farms in Akropong in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, the busy farm was virtually empty with no staff available.
The owner and manager of the farm John Oti Manu said he had lost a thousand 304 pigs valued at some 800 thousand cedis.
“We have made great losses. All my workers are gone home. I have lost a thousand three hundred and four pigs that were affected by the disease. It will be difficult for us to start off again on our own. It can only take the help of government. We cannot pay our bankers and other suppliers who credited us with fish, maize and other materials,” he recounted.
Pleading for government support, he stressed, “We have the pens. All we need is money to buy breeders and some pig feed.”
Owner of the Next Door Farms another farm in the Atwima Nwabeagya District Akosua Addai lost thousand five hundred pigs.
She is now left with six pigs which she brought in to test the safety of her farm. She told Ultimate News money to fend for herself and the education of her children has gone down the drain.
“The disease got here in June. So far I have lost a thousand five hundred pigs. I am pleading with Nana Akufo-Addo’s government to help us to get back on our feet. Just look in my pen, there are only six pigs we are trying our luck with. I can no longer take care of my children’s school fees. They are all at home now,” she lamented.
Manager of the MOSPORK African Village Ventures, a restaurant and a retailer of pork Moses Abanam also told Ultimate News the situation has affected pork sales in the region.
He noted, “Formerly I used to slaughter more than twenty pigs because I could supply hotels and restaurants but when this happened it has reduced to two or three a day,”
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador