Report by Ben LARYEA
The American Soybean Association and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) in collaboration with the Ghana National Eggs Campaign Secretariat (GNECS) and the Women in Poultry Value Chain (WIPVaC) has launched the maiden edition of Eggstra – O campaign in Accra under the theme, “Eggstra – O Nutrition For All”.
The move forms part of the activities in commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2022 and to bring to the fore women’s contribution and achievements in the poultry industry as well as the sensitization of the citizenry on the nutritional values and health benefits of eggs.
The launch created a platform also for stakeholders such as AgriHouse Foundation, Women in Agriculture (AWIA) and African Women in Animal Resource Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N) to discuss and educate the public on the health benefits of eggs in meals.
Speaking at the launch, the Project Head of Eggstra-O, Ms. Ndidi Fordjoe urged Ghanaians to add eggs to their respective meals, pointing out that eggs are essential protein needs of human health, growth and development.
According to her, eggs are rich in nutrients including vitamins and minerals and a nutritious ingredient for cooking and explained further that eggs contain vital health elements that promote sound physical growth and the general wellbeing of the human body.
“As part of the activities to enhance the consumption of eggs, the relevant stakeholders in the eggs value chain will organise road shows, exhibitions, seminars, workshops in all the regions across the country”, she said.
The campaign she added, will run till the end of December, 2020 as capacity building programmes will be held for women making giant strides and achievements in the poultry industry.
For her part, the National President of Women in Poultry Value Chain, Dr. Mrs. Victoria Norgbey said her outfit will continue to champion the relevant needs of women in the poultry industry by way of scaling up their economic ventures for the socio-economic development of the country, adding that challenges will be adequately addressed as well as emerging trends in the industry.
The Coordinator of the Ghana Egg Campaign Secretariat (GNECS), Ms Comfort Kyerewa Acheampong urged women particularly nursing mothers to add eggs to their meals, indicating that they are rich in protein and a source of vitamin A for a good human eye sight.
According to her, eggs contain amino acids and promotes muscle recovery as a result of body workouts and helps enhance the development and functions of the human brain and however called on the public to disregard the myths surrounding the consumption of eggs.