The Chairman of the Poultry Farmers Association of Ghana, Kumasi branch, Dr. Borris Baidoo, says they cannot be blamed for the increase in the price of eggs.
The price of a crate of egg, which was between GH¢13 and GH¢18 in November last year, depending on the size of the eggs, is now between GH¢20 and GH¢25.
Dr. Baidoo reaction said the cost of production has shot up astronomically.
He explained that the cost of maize has shot up by over 100%.
He stated that between 55 and 60 per cent of poultry feed (concentrate) was maize, compelling farmers to increase the price of eggs to cover the cost.
He hinted they would be petitioning the President on challenges confronting their business.
He said Poultry Farmers have a key role to play in making the free Senior High School succeed hence the government must take steps to protect the sector.
He also called on the scrap or reduce import duties on maize and soybeans to encourage importers to bring in more of the staples into the country.
He warned that the poultry sector would collapse if the prices of maize and soybeans continue to rise.
He was speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.