Ghana's current layer count stands at 21 million, an 11% increase over 2010's 18 million, according to Kwabena Asante, chairman of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers. Broilers, however, have been experiencing a downward trend for the last 10 years due to frozen chicken imports and high animal feed costs, said Asante.
Nevertheless, the poultry industry is contributing to Ghana's growth, said Asante. The rise in layers could contribute to an additional 1,500 jobs in the industry, including those in the maize sector. Roughly 529,300 metric tons of maize will be needed to feed the layers each year.