“Support Ministry of Fisheries to organised annual National Fish Festival”

“Support Ministry of Fisheries to organised annual National Fish Festival”

The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mr Moses Anim, has called on individuals and benevolent organisations to support the Ministry in organising the annual National Fish Festival celebrations.

It brings together fisher folks and other industry players along the fish value chain.

He said the festival would showcase fish products, engage the public, and acknowledge their invaluable contributions to national food security, hence, a passionate appeal for all stakeholders to partner with the Ministry for a bigger event next year.

Mr Anim made this known last week Sunday at the first edition of the “What do you know fisheries quiz competition” to commemorate World Fisheries Day 2023 in Accra.

The programme was organized by the USAID Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activities.

“The festival which started in 2015 was first held at Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, and the second edition organized for the people of Anloga in the Volta Region, needs more sponsors to attract international partners,” he said. 

The competition saw St Augustine College beat Accra Academy Senior High School, Ahantaman Girls Senior High School, and Keta Senior High School to receive the ultimate prize of GH5,000, a trophy, and a certificate of participation.

According to the Deputy  Minister,  there would be durbars, exhibitions, panel discussions, on topical issues on fisheries, and educate the public on programmes and policies implemented by the Ministry.

Mr Anim said this year’s national fisheries festival would be organised in a manner that would display everything in fisheries, and as well provide all information within the fishing industry.

He thanked the USAID Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activities for their overwhelming support to the Ministry, ensuring that they contribute efficiently to the overall development of the Ghanaian economy.

Mr Anim said the Ministry would utilise the Festival to interact with potential investors, educate the public on policies, projects and programmes, and engage stakeholders.

“A Fisheries and Aquaculture Clinic has been set up to enable stakeholders to network, exchange knowledge and gain insight into the dynamics of the industry and the opportunities available,” he added.

The Chief of Party, USAID/ Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activities, Madam Heather D’ Agnes, thanked the schools for their participation, adding that the competition was to create awareness on Ghana fisheries recovery activities. 

She said the competition was a platform that allowed the youths to learn about programmes and policies in the fishing industry, to help them appreciate the effort being made by stakeholders in reviving the sector.

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The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mr Moses Anim(left) presented a dummy cheque to the winners.

BY BERNARD BENGHAN

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