THE MINISTER of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye has assured the National Fish Processors and Traders Association ( NaFPTA) of government support in improving the industry.
According to her, government recognises that women place instrumental role in the fishing industry and therefore their effort ought to be recognised.
Mrs Quaye made this known during a ministerial engagement with Inland Fishers at Dambai in the Oti Region.
The minister also assured the women of their share of the Ahotor Oven – a safe and convenience fish processing mechanism and a cold store.
As part of her interaction with NaFPTA, the Minister donated 15 Chest Freezers, 50 pieces of aluminum basins, 20 hand washing machines and 10 pieces of GTP clothes to NaFPTA.
According to her, “If I’m here today it is because of the President, who has recognised you for what you did for him by voting for him and he has also given you a region.:
Mrs Quaye said with women, when you give them something small, they can manage it well and are at the heart of fish processing.
She stated that the over 5000 outboard govern,ent has procured, the fishers of Oti Region will received their portion through their Member of Parliament.
She urged the to “license your cannoe for you to get your share.”
The engage acdording to the ministry would be replicated at Dzemani in the Volta Region and Atimpoku and Akateng in the Eastern Region.
The Deputy Executive Director of the ministry, Mr Paul Bannerman explained that, “within the Inland sector, the government has noticed some negative trends in the fishery such as the use of illega nets, bamboo to trap Gavin fish and cyanid.”
According to him, “Galamsey from mining activities has also inadvertently polluted inland waters much to the detriment of fishermen. These bad practices should stop and we are all aware of the effort being made by the government to reduce and ultimately eliminate this menace.”
“Some form of child labour in some inland water bodies still exist and this must also stop. These young boys of school going age some less than seven years must go to school instead of doing entangled beneath the water.
“The ministry and other sectors ministries such as the social welfare, the Gender, Children and social protection and the law enforcement agencies will not relent in their effort to apprehend both sellers and buyers of these vulnerable youth.
“Accidents on the lake and loss of lives are a cause of worry to us all and together with other agencies such as NADMO, the GhanaMarinetime Authority are taking steps to curb such incidences among fishery crafts and also transport boats,” he noted.