Menace of Newcastle Disease to Sustainable Guinea Fowl Production in Saboba District: Social and Economic Implications

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Year:
2014
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Farmers, Guinea Fowls, Newcastle Disease, Treatment, Veterinary Services
Authors:
Abubakari, Abdulai
Journal:
IJRAS
Volume:
1
Number:
5
Pages:
333-339
Month:
September
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Abstract:
This paper shares light on guinea fowl production as means of youth employment and the challenges posed by Newcastle disease in Saboba District of Northern Ghana. The paper is situated in the context of Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) backed by Act 805 that provided special attention to less developed parts of the country by providing opportunities for the people to engage in sustainable income generation activities. Using data and information gathered through interviews with guinea fowl farmers, government officials and an analysis of secondary data, the paper found among other things that, guinea fowl rearing has the potential for poverty reduction, food security, employment and revenue to the state. However, these gains are threatened by high mortality rate and poor vet services. The paper demonstrates that high mortality rate has negative social and economic implications such as food insecurity, lost of labour, domestic instabilities among other. It further notes state assistance to farmers is virtually non-existence. It recommends among others that Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with the District Assembly should take measures to control the Newcastle disease by providing education and vet services to farmers.

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