Forty selected fish farmers along the Volta Lake at Akosombo in the Eastern Region have been introduced to international best practices in aquaculture at a day’s workshop.
Organised by the Coppens Ghana, a subsidiary of the Netherlands based Coppens International, the workshop aimed at sharpening the skills of the farmers and equipping them with tools to enhance the commercial viability of their ventures.
Coppens International is acclaimed worldwide as the industry’s best grade producer of fish feed, supplying over 40 countries from Europe to Africa.
Speaking at the workshop, Mr.Marc Verkuyi, Export Manager of Coppens International said Ghana has conducive enough natural environment to spur large scale commercial fish farming. Among others he mentioned high oxygen levels, suitable temperature and vast clean water resources. He said these coupled with the stable political and economic environment should excite many more Ghanaians to embrace fish farming as an alternative income earner.
He said with the fast depleting ocean fish stocks which has also made fishing itself unattractive as catches continue to grow smaller and thinner each day, inshore fishing provides the best alternative in meeting the people’s ever increasing fish protein requirements.
According to Mr.Marc Verkuyi, Coppens’ industry-deep knowledge accounts for its high quality fish feeds which when applied methodically, produces enormous yields at a reduced time span for almost every species of farmed fish. The feeds are also available for fishes in all their development stages.
The sales and marketing Manager of Coppens Ghana Nancy Frimpong stated that there was doubt Ghana will see significant increase in fish production for export.