A delegation of trade experts in fishery aquaculture and agriculture from Vietnam has paid a working visit to the Minister of Fisheries Aquaculture and Development, Ms Sherry Ayittey, in Accra on Monday.
The nine-member team was led by Hoang Ngoe Ho the Vietnamese Ambassador, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The meeting was to strengthen the bilateral relationship and co-operation between the fishery sectors of the two countries, and also discuss investment opportunities availale in the sector in Ghana.
Specific areas of discussions were collaboration and establishment of shrimps and tilapia farms, fish production and fish feed factories to feed the local farmers at affordable cost and for export.
Also discussed was the training of fishery professionals and a visit to Vietnam to observe good practices in the fishery, aquaculture and shrimps farming.
Ms Sherry Ayittey, the sector Minister, told the delegation that Ghana had the potential for major shrimps production, and stood to gain a lot from the Vietnamese experts as far as fish production was concerned.
Vietnam, she noted, exported more than 4.5 billion shrimps to the United States of America, hence Ghana’s desire to tap into her experience to develop shrimps production for both the local and international markets.
She said Ghana could benefit extensively from Vietnam in terms of technology and technical skills to improve on her fisheries sector.
“Ghana has the natural resources and good weather conditions to grow shrimps, as compared to Vietnam and, therefore, can do better,” she said.
Mr Hoang Ngoe Ho, for his part, commended the Government of Ghana for the collaboration to set up the Ghana-Vietnam Ghavies’ shrimps farm at Ada.
He hoped the co-operation would strengthen the ties between Ghana and Vietnam.
The Ambassador assured the minister of their preparedness to co-operate and support the establishment of fishery facilities in the country.
By Daniel Amoo