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Friday, July 1, 2011

Investor exploring the Volta region for integrated rabbit industry

The Volta Region could soon be home to an integrated rabbit industry capable of supplying processed rabbit meat to local and foreign markets.
Togbe Afede XIV, President of the Volta Region of House of Chiefs gave the hint at a general meeting of the House on Thursday.
When fully established the investment would support about 3,000 out-growers to breed rabbits for sale to the company using parent stocks from France.
Togbe Afede who is Paramount Chief of the Asogli State said the prospective investor was in the region looking for about 10,000 hectares of land close to abundant source of water supply.
He therefore urged Chiefs in the region to seize the opportunity which promises to be beneficial to the region’s economy and people.
Togbe Afede said Chiefs were expected to be initiators and facilitators of development and other activities that could improve the socio-economic situation of their people.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rated meat from rabbit as the most nutritious known to man and the highest in protein.
Rabbit is also said to be lower in percentage fat than chicken, turkey, beef and pork.
Rabbit is also passed as suitable for special diets such as those for heart disease patients, diets for the aged, low sodium diets and weight reduction diets etc.
Information gathered from expert sources on the internet said “as the world’s population grows there will be less land to raise food, the rabbit will play a more increasing role in this supply.”
Meanwhile Togbe Afede urged the government to construct a gas delivery terminal south of the Volta region from the West Africa Gas Project (WAGP) to serve as catalyst for establishing gas related plants in the region.

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