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June 11, 2014

Ghana, West Africa

President of Ghana Promotes Aquaculture and Shrimp Farming

 

On June 10, 2014, John Dramani Mahama, the President of Ghana, announced that his government had rolled out measures to increase fish and shrimp production.  He said the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development had embarked on the establishment of over 200 aquatic farms.

 

In August 2013, President Mahama inaugurated the Ghavie Aquaculture Company Limited Pilot Shrimp Farming Project, a private initiative between Ghana and Vietnam, at Ada-Foah in the greater Accra Region.  The project is aimed at pioneering and building a shrimp farming industry in Ghana that would provide jobs, foreign exchange and reduce the country’s need for fishery imports.

 

The Ghavie Project, which has a shrimp hatchery, the first in Ghana and the Atlantic Coast of Africa, with the capacity to produce 15 million shrimp postlarvae a month.  The project hopes to create 2,000 jobs for Ghanaians in the next five years.

 

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.  President Mahama Outlines Plans to Increase Fish Production.  June 10, 2014.

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