Cabinet approves construction of 10 coastal fishing harbours, landing sites

Cabinet approves construction of 10 coastal fishing harbours, landing sites
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: 28-11-2018 Time: 10:11:35:am
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Parliament is expected to soon approve the construction of 10 coastal fishing harbours and landing sites across the coastal belt of the country.

This, according to the Information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, follows a recent Cabinet approval to the commercial and financial agreement for these projects. 

He told journalists at a bi-weekly briefing Wednesday, that Cabinet has recommended to Parliament for consideration and subsequent approval for work to begin. 

The ten identified sites where the landing sites and related facilities will be constructed include:

Teshie

Greater Accra Region

Axim

Western Region

Dixcove

Western Region

Elmina

Central Region

Winneba

Central Region

Mumford

Central Region

Senya- Bereku

Central Region

Fetteh-Gomah

Central Region

Moree

Central Region

Keta

Volta Region

The development of the fish landing sites and ports are aimed at ensuring safeguard launching and landing of artisanal fishing and canoes. It is also aimed at creating and maintaining a hygienic environment for the processing and handling of fish.

The projects will help prevent and minimise post-harvest losses and adding value to the fish caught by artisanal fishermen.

The fisheries sector plays a major role in the Ghanaian national economy and contributes 3 percent of the GDP with lots of significant indirect contributions to the economy. 

These include employment opportunities for marine fishermen, boat-yards workers, suppliers of auxiliary goods, services and exporting of the fish products to earn foreign exchange for the country.

It is estimated that up to 12% of total national fish products are exported. 

The completion of this project is expected to increase export volumes and directly increase the foreign exchange earnings of the country.

To achieve this, the Information minister said, “total amount of $235 million has been earmarked for these projects situated in selected areas.”

“Government’s vision to transform Ghana’s fishing industry is clearly stated in the NPP’s 2016 manifesto, under Agriculture and Rural Development, on pages 18 and 19. It includes a key pillar that says ‘Top of the agenda for fisheries will be the programme of building landing sites and storage facilities’,” the minister added. 

 

 


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