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The goal of the trade mission is to increase business linkages and investment opportunities in the poultry, meat and processing sector between Nigeria and/or Ghana and the Netherlands. This will be the opportunity for companies, knowledge institutions and others in the sector to explore how to contribute to the growth of the poultry sector and to start doing business in Nigerian and/or Ghana. Besides this, with a delegation representing the Dutch value chain, we will also establish (practical) knowledge transfer during the Nigeria Poultry Show, seminars, matchmaking sessions and farm visits, and to link knowledge institutions. 

Practical information

Participation costs:

Nigeria: 950 EUR (NABC members)

- Conference and exhibition attendance for two days at the Nigeria Poultry Show;
- Stand at the Nigeria Poultry Show in the Holland Pavilion (600 EUR);
- Conference and exhibition attendance for two days at the Agrikexpo, reception and matchmaking sessions (200 EUR);
- Match-making sessions at the NPS;

- Local transport;
- Coordination of the trade mission.

- flight;
- Lunch/dinners;
- hotels.

Ghana: 750 EUR (NABC members)


- Activities on the programme in Accra and Kumasi;
- Match-making sessions;
- Reception at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra;
- Local transport;
- Coordination of the trade mission.

- flight;
- Lunch/dinners;
- hotels.



As mentioned in the ‘Analysis poultry sector Ghana’ published by the Dutch Embassy, the production of chicken meat and eggs has increased between 2002 and 2011. The consumption of poultry products in Ghana has increased by 33 percent from 2010 to 2012. The consumption of chicken and eggs is increasing, despite the rising prices of the local and imported meat and eggs. In 2013 the custom duties were removed on poultry inputs (feed, drugs, vaccines, etc.).

Among the challenges of the poultry sector in Ghana are the high prices of the domestic broiler meat, which has to compete with the cheaper imported poultry meat. Other constraints are high costs of production, inefficient production methods, limited knowhow on modern poultry keeping, lack of processing facilities and high energy prices (Analysis poultry sector Ghana, EKN Accra, 2014).

To develop the local poultry industry, the Broiler Revitalization Project was launched in 2014. Next to that, a poultry and livestock import policy to decrease the importation of chicken meat is published. As the analysis says, this will create opportunities for the development of the Ghanaian broiler sector. Regarding the production of layer birds, the number of layer birds was in 2012 23 million and is increasing with approximately with 10 percent a year.

The poultry sector consists mainly (95 percent) of small-scale businesses producing broilers. The medium-scale farmers produce mainly eggs. The slaughtering and processing facilities are still limited in Ghana and many are not operational anymore, because of the reduced production of broilers. The feed industry is producing primarily layer feed with the main ingredients: maize, fishmeal, premix, concentrates and soybean, which mostly are imported. In Ghana are approximately 15 commercial feed mills (Analysis poultry sector Ghana, EKN Accra, 2014).

The analysis shows that the quality of Day-Old-Chicks (DOC) needs to be improved by laboratory support. The DOCs and hatching eggs are mainly imported from the EU, USA and Brasil. It could be a good opportunity for Dutch companies to invest in the production of DOCs and parentstock.

As indicated in the report, potential investment and export opportunities for the Dutch sector are indicated below. 

Investments in:
- Poultry feed production facilities 
- Broiler slaughtering and processing facilities 
Set up a training institute for poultry farmers 

Exports of:
Hatchery technology 
DOCs, fertilized eggs, parent stock 
Laboratory and animal health technology 
Equipment: drinking and feeding systems, climate control systems, manure drying 
Animal feed inputs: concentrates, pre-mix and pelletized feed 
Feed production equipment 
Vaccines and drugs 
Slaughtering and processing technology

Trade mission details

Combi Poultry & Processing Trade Mission to Nigeria and Ghana
From November 03, 2015
Till November 12, 2015