The Ghana National Association of Cattle Farmers has registered their displeasure at some challenges they are facing with the pilot phase of the Wawasi Fodder Bank ranch in the Afram Plains.
According to the association, although a good initiative by the government to rehabilitate the ranch to boost business opportunities for them, it has rather become a bother to them as they are rather losing cattle at a very fast pace.
Government as part of finding a lasting solution to the perennial challenges of herdsmen-crop farmers’ conflict launched the Ghana Cattle Ranching Project in March.
With a committee in place, it was evident that the project will be the lasting solution to the conflict that has persisted for several years now.
But at a press conference organized by the Ghana National Association of Cattle Farmers, the farmers said that the project is rather doing more harm than good especially as it has been fraught with numerous challenges which include the rapid death of cattle.
National Chairman of the Association, Imam Hanafi Sonde said: “If we remain silent over the challenges of the ranch especially at this time when the cattle farmers of the Kwahu Afram Plains are being given a deadline to send their cattle to the ranch forcefully think that is inappropriate being aware of the challenges in the ranch” he said.
“The fact is there is nothing good to write home about for now as far as the progress of the cattle in the ranch is concerned due to poor management,” he added.
Some of the cattle rearers who are also part of the association called on the government to intervene quickly to find a solution to the problem at hand.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Ghana Cattle Ranching Committee, Dr. Kwame Oppong Anane assures that all concerns will be looked at and addressed.