A rainstorm has caused extensive damage to a poultry farm at Yaakrom, a farming community along the Ghana-Cote D’Ivoire border in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region, killing more than 6,000 birds.
The rains, accompanied by a windstorm, hit the community around 16:30 hours and ripped about 90 coops and other structures, destroying the personal belongings of the Managing Director of the Ansonama Farms, Mr Yaw Takyi Ansonama.
The Dormaa West District Chief Executive, Mr Francis Kwadwo Oppong, the Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene and other key staff of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) have sympathised with the victim and his family.
Interacting with the management of the farm, the Regional Minister said she was astonished about the level of destruction and assured the victim of the RCC’s support.
She said the Council would collaborate with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to assess the impact of the loss and see how best the government could support it.
Madam Owusu-Banahene asked poultry farmers and other agri-businesses in the area to insure their property and plant trees around the farms to serve as windbreaks.
Mr Ansonama expressed appreciation to the Minister for the visit, which had provided him with some comfort. He said the farms contained about 90,000 birds and provided between 300 to 400 direct and indirect jobs to residents, adding that because of the level of destruction sheltering the birds has become difficult.
He expressed concern over the rising cost of poultry feed, including soya beans, wheat bran, concentrates and maize, affecting their economic activities and appealed to the government to subsidise poultry feed importation.