Nii Amasah Namoale, a Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (MOFA), has stated that government was committed to developing the fishing industry in the country.
He noted that government spent huge sums of money on the importation of fish.
Nii Namoale, who is also a Member of Parliament for the Dadekotopon Constituency, said these when he paid a working visit to the Upper East Region to assess the fishing potential in the area and how to exploit it.
He said that the country had the potential to produce enough fish for domestic consumption if the fishing industry was given the necessary attention.
Nii Namoale said that plans were advanced by the Ministry to encourage more people to invest in fish farming in the country to generate employment for the youth.
Nii Namoale noted that the fishing industry was lucrative and announced that the Ministry would renovate fish ponds in the country and create new ones to encourage the youth to take up the venture.
Some of the fish farms the Minister visited in the region, included the Vea Irrigation Fish Farm, Tono Irrigation Fish Farm and the Pwalugu Integrated Duck–Fish Culture farm.
Nii Namoale also visited a Fish Processor in Bolgatanga and held meetings with the Regional Fisheries Resource Management Committee at Gambibgo and addressed fishermen and fish mongers associations.
Naba Thomas Azubire, Chief of Vea, near Bolgatanga and leaders of the fishermen and fish mongers associations mentioned the lack of fishing materials such as nets for fishing, boats, cold stores, life saving jackets and feed for the fish as problems facing the fishing industry.
They also complained that feed for fish farming was expensive and scarce in the region and that they had to travel to Kumasi and other places to purchase the feed.
The Regional Director of MOFA, Mr. Ebenezer Wellington briefed the Deputy Minister on the state of fishing in the region.
Mr Wellington said the Regional directorate of MOFA was working on a pilot integrated Duck–Fish Culture project at Pwalugu along the White Volta where farmers do fishing along side Duck rearing, which would be replicated in some parts of the region, especially in communities along the White and Red Volta Rivers.
He indicated that a lot of fish mongers had also been trained in a new technology of smoking fish to enable them to undertake large scale fish smoking.
Mr. Wellington said that the Regional Directorate of MOFA facilitated the acquisition of credit facilities for members of the fish mongers and fishermen association.
Earlier, the Sector Minister interacted with the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, and assured him that MOFA would create more business friendly environment to encourage people to invest in fish production.
The Regional Minister indicated that the people in the region were predominantly farmers and would be very happy to integrate fish farming into their farming activities.
|Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Peacefmonline.com. Peacefmonline.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.|