Via GhanaWeb: No money to fight Bird Flu. Excerpt:
The chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs, Gabriel Essilfie and a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hannah Bissiw on Thursday made an urgent appeal to Parliament to intervene in the fight against bird flu in the country since the ministry lacked the necessary funds.
The Bird Flu has so far affected 11 poultry farms in the Greater Accra, Volta and the Ashanti regions.
The chairman of the select committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs made the appeal after making an urgent statement on the outbreak of the bird flu disease on the floor of the House, saying so far 33,143 birds, 1,058 crates of eggs and 37 bags of feed in the three affected regions had been destroyed at the cost of GH¢800,000.
“Mr speaker, I have been reliably informed that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and its Veterinary Services Directorate is currently challenged in mobilising the needed resources to deal with the outbreak since the Ministry did not make any provision for this in its 2015 budget,” he said, stressing that the rate of the outbreak is very alarming and it will need parliament’s intervention.
Members of Parliament (MPs), who contributed to the statement, stressed the urgent need for parliament to intervene by referring the matter to the Finance Committee which has the power to prescribe an amount to be withdrawn from the Contingency Fund for such emergency situations.