The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Mavis Hawa Koomson has disclosed that the government’s Aquaculture for Food and Jobs initiative which was piloted in 2020, has led to significant growth in the domestic fish sector.
Taking her turn at the Information Ministry’s press briefing, she said the initiative had also led to the creation of job opportunities along the aquaculture sub-sector.
According to her, the initiative covers thirteen Regions namely; Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Oti, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, Western and Western North with more regions to be onboarded soon.
The Minister added that the government is also taking steps to acquire four patrol boats that will be deployed in the regions to aid infrequent inspection at sea as well as a research vessel for regular conduction of scientific fisheries research.
She said these forms part of the efforts by the government to ensure that our fishery ecosystem is kept alive and productive.