The Live Bird Association (LBA) in Tema Community One Market, says increases in the price of poultry feed was likely to affect the patronage of live birds during the Christmas period.
The LBA said increases in feed prices and the attendant shooting of the prices of poultry was gradually driving customers away.
Pre-Xmas Market survey the Ghana News Agency in Tema on the patronage of poultry as the festive season approached, uncovered that most dealers are apprehensive about low sales during the yuletude.
Aunty Sarah Akoko, LBA Secretary, stated that the price for a sack of maize had gone up from GH¢500.00 in the last six months to GH¢700.00, a situation which had put pressure on poultry farmers.
Poultry farmers have raised the cost of live birds and eggs in order to make a profit; but, “if you include the cost of transportation from the farm gate to the commercial centers, it’s well up there, and pushing consumers to complain.”
In an interview with the GNA in Tema, Aunty Faustina Akapo, a poultry vendor, claimed that live birds and eggs had gotten pricey due to the fact that a broiler costs GH70.00 to buy from the farm and GH120.00 to GH150.00 to sell.
Therefore, the Association has urged the Government to increase funding for the poultry industry.Meanwhile, Tema’s retailers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages have begun stockpiling their stores in expectation of strong holiday sales.
Some of the vendors in Tema told the GNA that as demand rises, prices for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages have begun to rise.