The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has unveiled plans to aggressively promote fish-farming to boost the nation’s fish production and create job opportunities.
The youth, who showed interest, she stated, were going to be organised and supported with funds to go into that business.
She was speaking during a tour of some fish-farming sites on the eastern region of the Volta Lake.
This was to assess the challenges faced by the farmers and how to tackle these to encourage and attract new investors.
Mrs. Quaye indicated that getting more young people into the venture could significantly raise fish production levels and earnings.
She underlined the determination of her ministry to make sure that the right things were done – best practices upheld.
It was on the basis of this that marine fishers had been made to observe “closed season” to allow for the increase of the fishes bred in the water, she said, adding that, it would soon be the turn of the canoe fisher folks.
The minister applauded the fish farmers for the “great work they are doing, the passion and commitment”, which was giving jobs to the youth and women in the various communities along the lake.
Mr. Meshach Owusu, Administrator at Tropo Hatchery, complained about the high cost of feed.
“It has been producing 800,000 pieces of frys a week, and the target was to hit 1.4 million,” he added.
The minister also visited China Fujian Ghana Company Limited, West Africa Fish Limited and the Afram fishing site at Sedorm.