Fishing industry boosted as president rewards farmers and fishermen
The Council of Ministers has approved the purchase of a research vessel and four patrol vessels for the fisheries sector to enable Ghana to effectively protect its marine resources, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said on Friday.
The research vessel will facilitate regular fishery research and stock assessment in order to amplify the availability of data for scientific fisheries management, while the four patrol vessels, which will be deployed in each of the four coastal regions, will assist the research agencies. security to guard against the illegal exploitation of marine resources.
President Akufo-Addo said this on the 37th National Farmers Day at Adisadel College Park in Cape Coast, on the theme: âPlanting for Food and Jobs: Strengthening Food Systems in Ghanaâ.
He said the acquisition of the vessels would enhance Ghana’s ability to tackle overexploitation of the marine ecosystem and curb the pervasive incidence of unreported and unregulated illegal fishing by local and foreign fishing vessels.
Construction work on fishing ports and landing sites in the four coastal regions was progressing steadily and, when completed, would transform the fishing industry by providing fishermen with mooring, handling, processing and mechanization facilities. modernized, said the president.
He was especially pleased with “the enthusiastic embrace of fishing communities and seeing the benefits of the closed season policy”.
The President said that preparatory work was underway for the enactment of a new fisheries law to address gaps in existing legislation and deepen the sustainable management of these resources.
He gave assurances that the government would do everything possible to help preserve Ghana’s marine ecosystem.
This year’s event was jointly organized by the Ministries of Food and Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, and the Ghana Cocoa Board.
Alhaji Mashud Mohammed from Mion District of the Northern Region is the 2021 Global Top National Farmer and received 600,000 GHc from the Agricultural Development Bank, 500,000 in insurance coverage from GLICO Insurance and a study trip to Israel sponsored by Broadspectrum Limited.
First place went to Suleman Yidana from the North East region, who won a tractor, trailer, disc plow, boom sprayer and 300,000 insurance covers from GLICO Insurance as well as a trip to study in Israel.
Reverend Samuel Sida of Asutifi North District in Ahafo Region was ranked second and received a Nissan Navara Double Cabin Pick-Up and insurance coverage worth 200,000 from GLICO Insurance.
Mr. kweku Ehun of Gomoa West Central won the award for best fisherman and will have a two bedroom house built in his location of choice.
The day recognizes the contributions of farmers and fishermen to the socio-economic development of Ghana.
A total of 160 farmers and fishermen across the country received awards for their tremendous efforts in ensuring national food security.