Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye has charged stakeholders in the Ghanaian meat industry to buy certified meat products in order to boost the global economic drive of the industry.
Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye was speaking at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences when he was giving the Inaugural Lecture. This year’s theme was “The meat industry and national development”.
The Professor of meat science lamented on the pace at which the meat industry is Ghana is moving and called for the adoption of standards of production, processing and packaging in the industry.
Prof Teye also noted that “some consumers insist on certificated conditions before buying the products, which must be provided on labels. We must invest in and improve local animal production.”
This, he called on government regulatory agencies to ensure compliance. In his side, he said, when these are done, coupled with creating an enabling ecosystem for young graduates to join the system, will boost Ghana’s meat industry at both the local and international front.
He did not forget to reiterate the enormous impact the meat industry has on Ghana’s socioeconomic development — and so, if we should produce in sufficiency, it will pave way for Ghana to export meat and meat products outside the country.