The Ministry of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Development has presented 20 Yahama outboard motors worth GH¢120,000 to fishermen from Osu Alata in the Greater Accra Region.
The sector Minister, Ms. Sherry Ayittey, who presented the motors to the fishermen at a ceremony in Accra, said it formed part of the 1,400 outboard motors that the Ministry had presented to fishermen in the country.
She said the fishermen were to pay 60 per cent of the cost of the equipment whilst government settled 40 per cent.
Ms. Ayittey said fishermen in the country played significant roles in feeding the nation.
She said fishermen provides 70 per cent of fish catch in the country and currently, the country generates more than one billion dollars in revenue each year and accounts for at least 4.5 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Minister said so far, 12,000 canoes have been registered and advised those canoes who have not yet registered to do so, to avoid any embarrassment in future.
According to her, the Ministry would continue to help them, to fulfill their dreams and achieve their goals, for the benefit, of the country, as a whole.
She said the fishermen were happy for the subsidy of the outboard motors to motivate them to work harder for more revenue to the country.
Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Fishermen, Nii Djamrodja VI, Chief Fishermen of the community, thanked President Mahama for fulfilling his promise to them.
By Daniel Amoo