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KNUST urges increase funding to grow poultry industry

By
Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, July 24, GNA –
The Animal Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology (KNUST) has appealed for increased funding by the government to grow
the poultry industry.

Dr. Jacob Alhassan
Hamidu, a Hatchery and Eggs Scientist of the Department, said there was the
need to make available more funds to drive research – come up with innovative
ideas and appropriate technologies to achieve optimal operation of the sector.

He indicated that
given the necessary support, the department could assist the farmers to
substantially raise production to meet the demands of the nation.   

He was speaking at a
community durbar at Appeadu-Kokoben in Kumasi, to sensitize the people on the
health benefits of the department’s recently-developed “designer eggs”,
fortified with ‘Omega-3 fatty acids’.

This formed part of an
outreach programme to introduce and encourage consumption of the egg,
especially by people in the rural communities.

Dr. Hamidu said a
study by the department had established that children who consumed food
products containing ‘Omega-3 fatty acids’ on regular basis were likely to be
more intelligent and perform better in school than those, who were not given
such nutrition.

“In view of this, we
are doing everything to improve the diet of the rural population with the
nutritious eggs at a very low cost.”

Dr. Hamidu said they
were engaging some members of the Poultry Farmers Association, introducing them
to the formula for producing the ‘designer eggs’.

He announced that the
department had been receiving requests from farmers in neighboring West African
countries, including Nigeria, to assist them produce the fortified eggs for the
people.

Mrs. Kate
Appiah-Boateng, a Senior Nursing Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
(KATH), highlighted the health benefits of eggs, saying on the average, a
medium-sized egg contained about 6.4 per cent grams of protein, vital to one’s
health.               

GNA

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