The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned a 12 million Greenback, state-of-the-art Nationwide Aquaculture Centre and Business Farms on Thursday, seventh June, 2023, at Amrahia, within the Higher Accra area.
The important thing mission, which in response to the President, reinforces authorities’s willpower and dedication to the expansion of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, follows the commissioning of the 86 million Euros Elmina Fishing Harbour, by the President final week.
Ghana’s fisheries and aquaculture sub-sector, employs some 3 million individuals representing 20percent of the nation’s workforce alongside all the worth chain, contributes about 60 p.c of the nation’s protein wants and 11 p.c of GDP on Agriculture.
With the nation incomes some 254 Million USD from the export of fish and fish merchandise, quick depleting marine inventory as a consequence of important threats within the type of air pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean dumping, over fishing and different maritime threats together with over-exploitation, unlawful unreported and unregulated fishing, piracy and trafficking, has a severely damaging toll on meals safety prospects, essential infrastructure and all the marine eco-system.
In line with President Akufo-Addo, addressing the problem of dwindling catches from the ocean and rising demand for fish, authorities in recognition of the potential of the aquaculture sub-sector in 2019, granted approval and lower the sod in September 2021 for the implementation of the Greenhouse Aquaculture Expertise system to assist enhance home fish manufacturing, to extend experience in aquaculture and to create jobs for the youth.
Representing a big enhance to authorities’s employment creation resolve, the intention of the centre, is to supply high quality meals merchandise by way of the coaching of the native inhabitants as fish farmers, with emphasis on graduates from our universities amd will complement the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Growth’s programme on Aquaculture for Meals and Jobs.
He famous that, “as water our bodies dry up and develop into polluted as a consequence of human actions, and because the stress on land acquisition will increase, modernisation of Acquaculture should contain the utilisation of much less house and water, however enhance productiveness on the similar time.”
“One such trendy know-how that has these attributes, is the Re-circulating Aquaculture System (RAS), which is being employed by the centre I’m commissioning at the moment. Not solely does this technique provide minimal upkeep value, and comparatively low to average power consumption, it additionally ensures the manufacturing of wholesome and export-ready merchandise. It’s going to thus make sure the manufacturing of some 25 metric tonnes of tilapia, 25 metric tonnes of catfish, and 4 metric tonnes of prawns yearly. This can finally imply a rise in fish manufacturing, a discount in fish imports, and the enrichment of native capability and technical knowhow by way of the coaching of youth on the centre,” he defined.
President Akufo-Addo referred to as for the meticulous administration of the centre to attain its objective of coaching trendy fish farmers and in addition produce fish in excessive portions to generate enough earnings to maintain the centre and increase the entire fish manufacturing within the nation.
On behalf of the Ghanaian individuals, the President expressed gratitude to the chiefs and folks of Amrahia and Amanfrom, for his or her help and cooperation through the development of the mission and inspired the scholar trainees to persevere and assist form the event of the doubtless profitable sector.
On her half, the hardworking sector Minister, Hon. Hawa Koomson, stated the Ministry has ready a brand new Ghana Nationwide Aquaculture Growth Plan which upon implementation, will enhance manufacturing from 89,376 metric tonnes in 2021 to 211, 697 metric tonnes by the tip of 2027.