Group Chief Executive Officer of Papaye Fast Food, Mr Divine Kwadwo Asiedu, has said poultry farmers in the country are unable to meet their demand.
According to him, Papaye started on a good note by buying or cooking made in Ghana products but as the company was growing demand became high and there was no reliable supply of some of the commodities hence the need to import some of the products.
“It was the wish of the company to cook locally made food products, but it got to a point where the demand was high but no supply, so we have to fall on foreign goods,” he stated.
He noted that the company needed at least 2000 dressed chickens a day to meet demand but no poultry farmer in Ghana could produce to meet the specification.
Mr Asiedu said the company signed some poultry farmers and gave them money to supply them with chickens but on Christmas eve, the farmers leave them for liquid cash by selling their birds to individuals.
Papaye Group CEO admitted that foreign chicken is quality, produced to specification and follows all the safety and world health standards.
He said the laws for chicken production in foreign countries are of a high standard than the ones in Ghana.
“With foreign chicken, there is quality assurance and safety but if we get poultry farmers who can produce to meet our demand and specification why not,” he stated.
The Republic Press reached out to the Greater Accra Regional Poultry Farmers Association to speak with authorities about the issue on two occasions but they were unavailable.