Professor Kwabla Herbert Dei, Professor of Animal Science at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University for Development Studies (UDS) has delivered his Inaugural Lecture on the topic “The Food and Poultry Sustainability Question: The Role of Nutrition Research”.
Professor Dei is the second Professor from the Department of Animal Science to deliver an Inaugural Lecture which marks the University’s sixth Inaugural Lecture. It was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye and held at the Dr. Andani Andan Academic Board Chamber on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Delivering his lecture, Professor Dei explained that the availability of relatively cheap feed resources is key to ensuring the sustainability of domestic poultry production in Ghana. He stated that the 2017 Ghana Business News reported that on average, each broiler farmer earned a gross profit of GH₵13,535 in 2015, placing poultry farmers among Ghana’s most affluent. He said despite the report, seasonal feed shortages and the high cost of feed threaten the potential of the poultry industry to ensure poverty alleviation. Professor Dei emphasised the need for the development of appropriate feed technologies that facilitate the utilization of feed resources.
On appropriate feed technologies, Professor Dei presented to the audience four key feed cost managing projects he had successfully embarked on; the use of genetically improved crop varieties (Quality Protein Maize), the use of non-conventional/agro-industrial by-products (shea butter, sheanut meal, brewer’s grains), biotech-improved crop products (cassava plus blood from slaughter-house) and further processed crops and crop products (mucuna and false yam). “The use of these feed ingredients resulted in most cases appreciable reduction of feed costs that is crucial for ensuring sustainable poultry productivity and profitability”, he said.
Professor Dei concluded his lecture by calling on institutions such as the Animal Research Institute of CSIR and Universities, to research further into new feed resources for use in poultry diets. He also called on government to support nutrition research, as well as lower import tariffs on poultry feed inputs.
Professor Dei joined the University for Development Studies as a Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture in 1999. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008 and Associate Professor in 2013. Professor Dei has published extensively in reputable journals such as the Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science, Poultry Science, British Poultry Science, World’s Poultry Science Journal, Tropical Animal Health and Production and Family Poultry Communications.