Coconut Grove Regency Hotel has hosted the maiden edition of the Ghana Chicken Festival.
The event was organized by Agrihouse Foundation, an agricultural advocacy agency, in collaboration with the Ghana Poultry Project.
The event which came off on Monday, May 3, 2021, was an initiative to promote the patronage and consumption of locally produced chicken.
It provided a platform for industry players in the poultry value chain to interact and advocate for more consumption of locally produced chicken.
In an interview with Weekend Today on the sideline of the event, the General Manager (GM) of Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Ralph Ayitey, noted that the choice of his outfit as a venue for the event was in the right direction.
He claimed that Coconut Grove Regency Hotel was the only business entity in Ghana that used locally produced chicken and other farm produce for their customers.
That, he said, might be the reason the organizers chose his facility to host the first Ghana Chicken Festival.
He indicated that it was the vision of the owners of the company to promote and patronize made-in Ghana foods.
Collaborating with what the GM of the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel said, the Founder of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Akosa also told Weekend Today that was not misplaced in choosing Coconut Grove as a venue for the event.
“ When it comes to hotels which use made in Ghana foodstuffs to cook for their clients Coconut Grove Regency Hotel is number one”, Agrihouse Foundation said.
She described Coconut Regency Hotel as “ pacesetters when it comes to patronizing the local industry.
“ What Coconut Grove Hotel does is in line with government’s policy promoting and patronising made in Ghana good, and it’s a true reflection of what we stand for”, Miss Alberta Akosa added.
Earlier, the Founder of Agrihouse Foundation said, the rationale behind the Ghana Chicken Festival said was to identify the gaps in the value chain and address them.
“We contribute to raising awareness and drive interest to the sector.”
“For the past three years, we’ve been working with the Ghana Poultry Project to promote the Eat Ghana Chicken campaign and we thought this is the appropriate time to bring it directly to our homes, to make it more relatable by bringing in advocates to have a fun-filled day,” she said.
About 95% of chicken consumed in Ghana is imported, whereas, we [Ghanaians] produce only 5.0% which is very bad. So, we need to participate in certain activities to promote what we produce.” Ms. Akosa said.
Pix: Ralph Ayitey, General Manager, Coconut Grove Regency Hotel