Ghana must develop pasture for cattle grazing – Former Appeals Court Judge

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The Centre for Greater Impact Africa (CGIA) has called on the Ministry of Agriculture to invest in the development of pasture for the feeding of herds of cattle in the country, especially in the urban areas.

Justice Isaac Douse, Chief Technical Advisor for the CGIA, who made the call, said it was worrying to have cattle roaming on principal streets and in the cities as herdsmen led them to look for grass to graze on.

He stressed that the current trend of having cattle defecating on streets and causing accidents due to the lack of pasture must not be encouraged.

Justice Douse, who was a former Appeals Court Judge and the Chairman of the Ghana@50 Commission, made the call when the CGIA took its turn on the Ghana News Agency Tema Industrial News Hub Boardroom Discussion platform aimed at addressing national issues.

He bemoaned that it was unfortunate that in Ghana, successive governments abandoned or threw away initiatives that their predecessors started, noting that an initiative by the government of the late Ignatius Kutu Acheampong to develop pasture in the country died out after the overthrow of his government.

He recalled that the then government sent some people to New Zealand and the United States for three years of training on pasture making as part of plans to provide rearing grounds for cattle that the Fulani herdsmen brought to the country as a way of having abundant meat to feed the nation.

Justice Douse also said the plan was part of programmes that included the Meat Marketing Board, National Rabbit Forum among others aimed at promoting and sustaining the rearing of animals in the country.

He said instead of developing such institutions and initiatives, Ghana was happy importing beef, turkey, chicken, and pork among others when an institution such as the Poultry Training Institute which was established at Pokuase in the 1960s to train people on how to raise all forms of poultry had been neglected by successive governments.

He indicated that it was about time Ghana deliberately trained people on how to grow food and rear animals, adding that he did not think that after the abandonment of the Poultry Training Institute, Ghana had people with proper training in poultry.

“I don’t think we have people who are actually trained in poultry, those in it have just started doing it, while others learnt by working on such farms,” he said.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency noted that the Agency remained the mother of all media organisations in Ghana and revealed that it has over the years maintained its branded image of dissemination of accurate, truthful, balanced, and credible news for the public consumption.

Mr. Ameyibor stated that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had compelled media organisations including GNA to devise a new strategy to engage stakeholders for newsgathering and dissemination rather than the mediaeval routine model of waiting for events.

The GNA Tema Regional Manager noted that the Tema Office of the Agency was placing value on the news anchored on the news source, the target recipient, the reporter, and the media house: “All these four personalities places value on the news, which must be considered and factored into the news preparation and dissemination”.

He explained that the media must ensure that it periodically undertook value for news analysis to ensure that all factors of news were satisfied at all times, as the only way to remain relevant in the fast-changing information, communication and technological world.

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