In a remarkable display of commitment to sustainable food production and youth empowerment, President Nana Akufo-Addo has officially commissioned the National Aqua-Culture Training Center and Commercial Farm at Amrahia in the Adentan Municipality valued at $12 million, this state-of-the-art facility is set to revolutionize the aqua-culture industry in the country.
The commissioning ceremony, held on Thursday, 8th June 2023, was a vibrant and colourful event. President Akufo-Addo outlined the centre’s objectives, emphasizing the overall benefits it will bring to the nation. With a focus on utilizing modern technology, such as the Recirculating Aqua-Culture System (RAS), the training center aims to produce high-quality fish products, generate employment opportunities, and enhance the training of local fish farmers, particularly recent graduates from Ghanaian universities.
“The modernization of aqua-culture requires efficient utilization of space and water while simultaneously improving productivity. The Recirculating Aqua-Culture System (RAS), employed by this center, embodies these principles,” President Akufo-Addo stated during his address.
Hon. Hawa Koomson, representing the Ministry of Fishery and Aqua-Culture Development, also spoke at the event. She unveiled the ministry’s ambitious plans for the sustainable development of the aqua-culture sub-sector from 2023 to 2027. Furthermore, she announced that the first batch of students, totalling 24 individuals, had been admitted to the center for a 13-week training program covering various aspects of aqua-culture.
“The Ministry has formulated the Ghana National Aqua-Culture Development Plan, which will guide our efforts from 2023 to 2027 in promoting the sustainable development of the aqua-culture sub-sector. As a testament to our commitment, the center has already admitted its first batch of 24 students for comprehensive training,” Hon. Hawa Koomson affirmed.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Aqua-Culture Training Center and Commercial Farm took place in September 2021. The government’s initiative aims to combat unemployment by creating new opportunities within the aqua-culture industry.
The commissioning ceremony was graced by President Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Fishery and Aqua-Culture Development, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Aqua-Culture and Development, and the Municipal Chief Executive for Adentan Municipal Assembly, Honourable Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah.
With the establishment of the National Aqua-Culture Training Center and Commercial Farm, Ghana is poised to become a leader in sustainable aqua-culture practices. This ground-breaking initiative not only contributes to the country’s food security but also paves the way for economic growth and youth empowerment in the aqua-culture sector.
As the aqua-culture industry continues to thrive, Ghana is setting an example for other nations to follow in promoting sustainable and innovative farming practices. The commissioning of this training center marks a significant milestone in Ghana’s journey towards achieving food sufficiency and economic prosperity.
By: Nii Adotey Saka and Esther Attipoe
SOURCE: ISD, ADENTAN.