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The Fisheries Ministry Hopes To Recruit 200,000 Young People For Fish Farming



According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the Aquaculture for Food and Jobs module aims to train about 200,000 young people to be aquaculture farmers.

This aims to support increasing aquaculture production, support food security, and create more job opportunities along the aquaculture value chain.

Additionally, it aims to promote small-scale fish farming throughout the nation and encourage the private sector to participate more in commercial fish farming through financial incentives.

Fish farming is a valuable agricultural industry in Ghana because to the high demand and low supply, however, the youth don’t seem to be showing much interest in the industry.

Other interested parties don’t seem to be aware of the potential of fish farming or its enormous profit margin.

However, Kwesi Armo-Himbson, the chief director of the Fisheries Ministry, hinted at plans by the department to empower over 200,000 young people into fish farming in an interview with Onua TV on November 15.

“We have said that in the next five years we should be able to engage about 200,000 youth and other people to be in the aquaculture farming under the aquaculture for food and jobs program.” 

He said that young people would receive training in aquaculture farming, as well as support and subsidized inputs.

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Therefore, he reiterated, individuals who will be included in the initiative will receive assistance with the initial building of the ponds, supply of fingerlings, as well as feed.

Speaking briefly about this year’s Fish Festival celebration, which will take place in Accra from November 24 to 25, Mr. Kwesi Armo expressed his opinion that the festival will highlight the crucial contribution of the agriculture sector to Ghana’s economic development.

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