David Wakpal, a Teaching Assistant in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has built an affordable incubator for hatching chicks. He is an Agricultural Biotechnology graduate and works in the Department of Animal Science of the university.
According to reports from Joy FM online, Mr Wakpal said in an interview with their sister station, Luv FM that his incubator was a “600 capacity fully automated incubator. Later I tested at the Olympio hatchery, KNUST and it had good hatching percentage.”
He added that incubator “has a hatching percentage of over 80 percent”.
Since his second year of university education, Wakpal has been researching cheaper ways of producing incubators.
“It all started when I was seriously in need of an incubator for my turkey farm. The only way I could get one was to import or buy from an importer and it was expensive.”
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“I later realised that this wasn’t a problem I alone faced, a lot of farmers were in need of it too. I concentrated on it so much sometimes I had to miss lectures.”
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Eventually, in his final year, he was able to build his first incubator. It is his first fully-automated incubator. Now, he produces incubators that are equally efficient, comparable to foreign brands.
The refreshing part is his incubators are really affordable as compared to the imported ones.
“Price is less than half the imported one. This can be serviced in Ghana because it was built by us and again adapted to our climate.”
“The incubator has an automatic temperature and humidity control, automatic egg turning system, automatic ventilation, over limit protection controls and warning alarm system.”
Wakpal continued, “I believe with this the importation of incubators will be reduced and farmers, especially in the Northern Region who use broody hens to hatch guinea fowl, can get access to quality but cheap fully automated incubators in the country”.
An extra feature for his incubators is the rollers. The rollers beneath the main compartments makes moving the incubator around easy.
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Dr Jacob Hamidu is also a Senior Lecturer at the same department as David Wakpal – the Department of Animal Science at KNUST.
Dr Hamidu complains “The main problem is chick quality: Farmers feel the kind of chicks they receive from the local hatchery are of bad quality.”
“As at 2016 a total 5 million day-old chicks were imported into Ghana and about 2 million were produced in Ghana and currently we are doing 10 million or more.”
We hope this invention gradually save local poultry farmers harvest more quality chicks and reduce cost as well.