RABBIT FARMING IN GHANA (PART 2)
• Rabbit farming in Ghana revenues
Most people would only believe if there is evidence to show for it. With more people embracing rabbit meat in Ghana, the demand for the rabbit’s increases and so does the revenue from it. Practicing farmers have registered profits of approximately GH1000 a month from rearing just 100 breeding rabbits. However, this profit is guarantee with excellent management practices, good feeding and proper housing for the rabbits.
• Successful rabbit farmers in Ghana
Sometimes as human beings you need to be convinced that something actually works and brings reasonable returns. Seeing that there are farmers who are already doing this is motivation enough for aspiring rabbit farmers. The association has been struggling to educate and make people aware of the benefits of this kind of farming. However with the like of Adotei Brown, famously known as Farmer Brown, Ghanaians can see that this is a venture that pays. Farmer Brown quit his civil service job which was considered stable to set up a rabbit business with barely any capital. With about 3 dollars he started with three does which he has grown to over 3000 rabbits today after ploughing back his profits into the business. He slaughters about 500 rabbits every week for sale to groceries and hotels around Ghana. Business is booming and he has never regretted his decision to move out into self employment and especially rabbit keeping.
• Feed for rabbits in Ghana – Is it manageable?
Usually rabbits feed on anything from grass to grain. It is not very expensive to rear rabbits because they can survive on grass which is readily available. However, you can experiment with different foods as you monitor what they like best since rabbits will not consume anything that could be harmful to them. However you may need to give commercial pellets for rabbits kept for meat since your aim is to achieve the right weight quickly and sell them for cash. Use seasonal vegetables and poultry feeds for commercial purposes.
• Types of rabbit breeds in Ghana – choose the right breed
While there is a great rabbit market in Ghana commercial farmers have to be careful which breed of rabbits to keep for the venture to be profitable. While there are many breeds including California, New Zealand is better preferred for commercial purposes. This is because it has better mothering abilities and produces large litters. They also tend to grow faster and attain the required weight better than other breeds. It is important to choose the right breed for your real business. If you want to keep up with rabbits for sale in Ghana then you have to choose breeds selectively.
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