The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, visits the premises of Darko Farms, the oldest and largest private poultry farm in Ghana, whose operations have been renewed by the Government under 1 District 1 Factory (1D1F) initiative, on Saturday 2 October 2021.
As a name for most Ghanaians, with dominance in most supermarkets and fresh chicken shops, especially in Kumasi and Accra, Darko Farms experienced a period of decline due to the major challenges facing the domestic poultry industry in the late 1990s, including high demand. The cost of feed, inefficiencies in the value chain, high electricity and operating costs and competition from cheap imported poultry products.
As part of the government’s industry transformation program implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Darko Farms Company was found to be one of the hardest hit but potentially viable venture.
As a result, the company applied to be part of 1 District 1 Factory Initiative in 2017, and after extensive review by the Ministry’s Technical Support Group, a total of HGH 22.1 million was loaned to the company by the EXIM Bank of Ghana.
This amount is intended to renew the company’s activities through modernization of plant and equipment, re-equipment of hatchery, feed mill and processing plant as well as to support working capital. The company has also partially implemented this facility to set up a poultry breeding program that will provide a number of poultry farmers with broilers, feed and technical assistance to raise their birds.
Darko Farms currently has a processing facility that processes 10,000 birds per day in one shift and 20,000 birds per day in two shifts. Has a hatchery with a chicken production capacity with an age of 6 million cycles of 8 weeks.
In addition, the company has a feed mill with an installed capacity of 96 tons of feed per day and a cold room for storage of 500 tons.
To date, the company has created direct jobs for around 250 workers and indirectly for more than 500 people, including producers, traders, and shippers. At full capacity, the company will employ more than 400 people directly, including 700 indirect employees.