A DELEGATION of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission is on a three-day Ministerial engagement tour with Inland fishers in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The engagement which started on Wednesday, October 21, will enable the team access progress at some Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ) sites and also to ascertain progress made.
The delegation led by Mr. Paul Bannerman, the Deputy Executive Director of the Fisheries Commission (FC) is expected to also interact with Fish famers, Fish Processors and Fish Traders.
Briefing the delegation on the progress made so far on AFJ projects in the Region, Mr. Gideon Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Director of Fisheries said “so far four (4) out of ten (10) ponds have been stocked, three (3) ponds with cat fish and one pond with tilapia”.
According to him, fish farmers association and farmers who are distressed and needed help would all benefit from the AFJ Project which aims at creating more jobs.
He explained that, Osei Tutu SHS is the first institution that has benefited from the AFJ Project whiles other institutions are yet to benefit fully.
He hinted that, other programmes are earmarked at Atwere-Boanda, and New Edubiase for the youth to also benefit, adding that this will help create more employment in the communities where the project is sited.
The team visited the Osei Tutu Senior High School (SHS) to have first-hand information on the AFJ project by the Ministry.
Mr. Kingsley Duah Karikari, Agric Tutor at Osei Tutu SHS in charge of the Fisheries Department in an interview noted, three of the ponds have been stocked with 1600 cat fish each, which gives us a total of 4800 catfish and the other pond stocked with 1100 tilapia.
“We expect to harvest over 5000 catfish and tilapia within two months” he said.
According to him, this will help teach the students how to earn a living on their own in the future.