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General News of Thursday, 14 January 1999

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University researches into Guinea Fowl

Tamale (Northern Region), 14 Jan. '99 - The Department of Animal Science of the University for Development Studies (UDS) is conducting a research into how to improve the reproductive capacity of the local guinea fowl. The study, which started last April, is funded by the Small Holder Agricultural Development Project for the next four to six years. The guinea fowl has traditionally been a delicacy of the people of Northern Ghana but in recent times it has become popular nation-wide for its low fat content and most people enjoy it, especially when it is barbecued. A current issue of the university's quarterly newsletter said a four- member research team comprising Mr Gabriel Ayum Teye, leader, Professor Peter Gyawu, Mr Emmanuel Acquah, and Mr Richard Yeboah, is working with the Pong-Tamale Veterinary School on the project. The main focus of the research is to find solutions to problems facing farmers in feeding, housing and health management and to develop a cross of local and exotic types that will become a commercially productive breed in the country. The team hopes to establish guidelines on the management of guinea fowls from day old to maturity including nutrient, health and management requirements that will be ideal for the birds. The study will also recommend suitable housing system for the fowls.