The Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana (CAG) has launched ‘Aquaculture Ghana’ initiative to give aquaculture stakeholders a shared forum for networking, showcasing innovation and promoting Ghanaian aquaculture.
The Chief Executive Officer of the chamber, Jacob Adzikah, speaking at the launch, noted that aquaculture in Ghana has experienced substantial expansion over the past 20 years and the new initiative will help rally support for the sector to achieve its objectives. Meanwhile, a conference aspect of Aquaculture Ghana event is scheduled to take place on 26th and 27th April, 2023 in Accra.
“The objectives of Aquaculture Ghana are: to allow stakeholders to interact and share new ideas about the aquaculture industry; promote businesses and services in the aquaculture value chain; enable stakeholders to display the latest innovative technology for the aquaculture industry; and recognise those making a difference in Ghana’s aquaculture industry.”Jacob Adzikah
Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, joined leading stakeholders for the launch of the maiden Aquaculture Forum. She noted that aquaculture presents a viable option to complement production from marine and inland waters to meet Ghana’s rising demand for fish.
According to the minister, it is envisaged that the national output of 64,000 metric tonnes of fish products in 2020 will rise to 132,710 metric tonnes in 2026. She thus, reasoned that the shortfall presents enormous opportunities for new entrants to the business and to existing aquaculture operators to expand operations or diversify into other areas along the aquaculture value chain.
Mavis Hawa Koomson is of the view the event for April next year, spearheaded by the Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana, will provide a good platform for stakeholders to network and promote the aquaculture sector.
AGI Commends Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana
The President and Chief Executive of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) commended the Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana for its efforts to enhance collaboration among all aquaculture stakeholders through events such as Aquaculture Ghana.
“The work done by the chamber in the past four years is remarkable and laudable. At AGI, we have learned that working in collaboration with stakeholders results in more trusted, and enduring outcomes. Ghana’s aquaculture industry has a huge potential to produce enough farmed fish to augment the marine and inland fisheries that are fast depleting.
“Stakeholders in Ghana’s aquaculture industry should collaborate among themselves to grow the sector by actively participating and supporting this annual ‘Aquaculture Ghana’ event scheduled for April 2023.”AGI President
The Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana is a professional organisation, established in 2019 to promote sustainable aquaculture practices in Ghana.
The conference aspect of Aquaculture Ghana will bring all aquaculture stakeholders together to interact and share ideas on how to boost and develop Ghana’s aquaculture industry.
Fisheries experts, regulators, industry players, investors and donors will have the opportunity to engage each other about challenges or opportunities in the industry.
Over the past decade, Ghana’s aquaculture industry has transformed from small beginnings to become a significant industry. Many individuals, commercial organisations, agencies and officials have worked hard to bring it to this level and will continue to work to elevate it to the next.