Sep 18, 2019
Arkansas Poultry Nutrition Conference Participants from Ghana meet with Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board Chairman Rusty Smith in Rogers, Arkansas. (From left): Ishmael Nartey Amanor, Goodman Kantanka Sarfo, Dr. Tom Nortey, Rusty Smith, Ligaya Diaz, Dr. Abdul Razak Okine, Charles Boateng.
Ghanaian professionals spanning across the soybean value chain spent two days learning about poultry production and U.S. soy protein utilization. ASA/WISHH has implemented various soy utilization promotion activities in Ghana, including the five-year USDA funded AMPLIFIES poultry value chain project. A growing middle class in Ghana is leading to a greater demand for quality protein and a subsequent increase in demand for quality feed ingredients. Demand growth for locally-produced maize and soybeans will outpace production, opening opportunities for U.S. commodities to fill supply gaps.
The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board supported ASA/WISHH’s sponsorship of the participants, who ranged from government officials, academics, poultry producers and feed millers.
The University of Arkansas Poultry Science department hosted the poultry production and soy protein utilization training. The group also attended the three-day Arkansas Nutrition Conference in Rogers, Arkansas, where they interacted with industry leaders from Alltech, Tyson Foods, DuPont, ADM, Aviagen and others.
During the conference, the group met with Rusty Smith, chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board from Prairie County and discussed their usage of soy protein in poultry feeds and the growing demand for feed ingredients within their supply chain.