Patronage of chicken products has dwindled in the Madina Market, with traders in chicken products fearing a collapse in the business.
The traders have attributed the drop in patronage to the statement issued by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture on the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, popularly known as Bird Flu in parts of the country.
When allnewgh.com visited some cold stores in the market, operators indicated that patronage of chicken products have dropped.
Madam Abena Manu, a cold store operator indicated that grocery shoppers are opting for fish, goat and cow products instead of chicken.
She explained that before the statement was released to the public she sold over 30 cartons of chicken daily to customers.
She indicated that her products are sourced from Brazil and not Ghana, however, it is still not being patronized.
A kilo of frozen chicken according to her is going for 12 Cedis.
A live chicken dealer, Ama Serwa stated that the patronage of live chicken products have come to a drastic halt as patrons do not even come to enquire about prices.
‘A live layer chicken is selling at the price of 35 or 40 cedis, whilst a broiler is going for 60 Ghana,’ she said.
For some time now people prefer to buy the people prefer buying their own chicken and preparing it themselves, but the scarcity of poultry feed has had a toll on the business and now the Bird Flu scare she added.
She appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to come to the aid of poultry farmers to salvage the situation.
One shopper, this reporter spoke to indicated that she would stay off chicken products until cases of Bird flu is no longer recorded.
A week ago the Ministry issued a statement through its Veterinary Services Directorate that Bird Flu has been confirmed in parts of Greater Accra, Central and the Volta Regions.
The statement indicated that the disease has been detected in neighboring countries since January 2021, however, the directorate has prevented the extension of the disease into Ghana until now.