President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the National Aquaculture Centre and Commercial Farms in Amrahia, Accra.
According to him, the government is keen on transforming Ghana’s fishing industry. He stated that the establishment of the farm is part of the numerous plans the government is putting in place to help improve fish production in the country.
Recognizing the crucial role of the sector in the country’s economy and the livelihoods of countless Ghanaians, the President pledged to implement a series of measures to improve its sustainability.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the centre is estimated to produce 25 metric tonnes of tilapia, 25 metric tonnes of catfish, and 4 metric tonnes of prawns annually.
“One such modern technology that has these attributes is the re-circulating aquaculture system (RAS), which is being employed by the centre. Not only does this system offer minimum maintenance costs and relatively low to moderate energy consumption, it also guarantees the production of export-ready products.”President Akufo-Addo
Furthermore, President Akufo-Addo highlighted that the centre will augment total fish production in the country. With this, he urged the student trainees to make the farm attractive to buyers and encouraged the student trainees to persevere and help change the development of this potentially lucrative centre.
“This will ultimately increase fish production, reduce fish imports, and enrich local capacity and technical know-how through the training of youth at the centre. It is my expectation that the centre will be well managed to achieve its purpose of training modern fish farmers and also produce fish in high quantity, to generate fishing income to sustain the centre and augment total fish production in the country.President Akufo-Addo
The aim of the National Aquaculture Centre, he stated, is to produce quality fish products, and create employment through the training of the local population as fish farmers, with emphasis on graduates from the country’s universities. He noted that the Centre complements the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development’s programme on Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ), and reaffirms government’s determination to reduce graduate unemployment in the country.
President interacts with this year’s winners of the Junior Graphic Essay Competition
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has interacted with this year’s winners of the Junior Graphic Essay Competition and was the reviewing officer at the graduation parade of Officer Cadet Course Intake 31 of the Prisons Service, at the Prison Officers’ Training School, Roman Ridge.
“At the graduation ceremony for Intake 31 Officer Cadets of the Prisons Service, I entreated the graduands to continue to carry forth the ideals of the Prisons Service, which have been imbued in them during training. I urged them to let discipline and professionalism guide their conduct at all times. I implored them also to internalize the principles of vigilance, humanity and fortitude. These must be their watchwords in their relationship with their fellow officers and the inmates.”President Akufo-Addo
Furthermore, President Akufo-Addo also assured winners of this year’s Junior Graphic Essay Competition, and, indeed, all Ghanaians that the Akufo-Addo Government remains committed to providing quality education for all the youth. He noted that Government will continue to invest in the development of the country’s educational system, ensuring that every child has access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.
“We will create an environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and innovation, empowering our youth to shape the destiny of our nation and our world.”President Akufo-Addo