Minister inspects FAO aquaculture project

•   Ms. Sherry Ayittey (arrowed), examining some of the fingerlings after they have been harvested  by officials of the centre.   Photo: Daniel Amoo

• Ms. Sherry Ayittey (arrowed), examining some of the fingerlings after they have been harvested by officials of the centre.
Photo: Daniel Amoo

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) Ms Sherry Ayittey, has visited the Ashiaman Aquaculture Demonstration Centre, at Ashaiman to assess the progress of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project on fish farming.

The project aimed at creating agric business employment opportunities for the youth, through sustainable aquaculture system and cassava value chain.

It was being funded by FAO, through the African Solidarity Fund and being implemented by MOFAD.

Addressing the staff of the centre, and fish farmers from Central  and Western Regions, in undertaking training in fish farming, Ms Sherry Ayittey, said the fish stock in the sea globally, was depleting and the time had come to assist the youth, to engage in it.

She urged, the youth to take part in such training, saying additional boreholes had been sunk to increase the fingerlings in the hatchery at the centre.

Mr. Edmund Datuah, the Assistant Director in charge of the centre, said every year it receives more than 30 individual farmers from Western and Central Regions in fingerling farming for two weeks.

Mr. Datuah said, the centre produces an average of 1.5 million male tilapia fingerlings yearly.

He appealed, to the minister for a generator to enhance the activities at the centre.

By Daniel Amoo

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