Improving Guinea Fowl Productivity and Efficiency in Northern Ghana Project (“Nkonfem Project”)
- The Project Field Officer addressing farmers at a sensitization meeting in Golinga community of Tolon district. 2017
- Project Field Officer explaining to farmers during a meeting with farmers in Sabiegu community in Tolon district. 2018
- An AEA in Tolon district department of Agriculture addressing farmers at a sensitization meeting in Gbulahugu community. 2018
- PM addressing farmers before registration at a meeting in Fazihini community in Savelugu-Nanton District. 2018
-Project Field Officer explaining to farmers during a meeting with farmers in Sabiegu community in Tolon district. 2018
The project will build on the indigenous knowledge of guinea fowl rearing and will further improve it by introducing new management practices to reduce mortality and improve growth and productivity. Famers will be trained in improved feed formulation and feeding practices at different stages of growth. Farmer training in improved egg hatching techniques and chick brooding, health management practices and marketing within the guinea fowl value chain will ensure increased productivity and income.
An economically better alternative to poultry chicken production is the production of the local guinea fowl. The local guinea fowl (Numida meleagris spp.) or Nkonfem in the Twi language is indigenous to the savannahs of West Africa. It is reared by mostly poor rural people in northern Ghana to supplement household income generation. It is hardy and well adapted to the climate and farming system of northern Ghana. The guinea fowl meat has less fat in quality and considered a delicacy for many Ghanaians and visitors to northern Ghana and is highly preferred to chicken and other meat products. The meat is low in cholesterol while the eggs are high in carotene, a Vitamin ‘A’ precursor. Both are excellent sources of quality protein and there is year-round high demand for both meat and eggs.