President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that cabinet has approved the recruitment of 1,100 veterinary officers into the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

He made this public whiles speaking at Cape Coast on Friday to commemorate the 37th edition of the National Farmers’ Day.

This year’s National Farmers’ Day celebration is dubbed “Planting for food and jobs – Consolidating food systems in Ghana.”

At the event, he stated that the 50 percent of this number will be recruited in 2022 and the remaining 50 per cent will be brought on board over a two-year period.

President Akufo-Addo also announced that cabinet has granted approval for the procurement of a research vessel and four patrol boats for the fisheries sector.

“The acquisition of a research vessel will facilitate regular fisheries research and stock excesses. That will strengthen data availability for science based fisheries management.

The four patrol boats will also strengthen enforcement capacity to help address the issue of exploitation and overfishing,” he added.

While delivering his speech, the President further revealed that the necessary preparatory works are also ongoing for the enactment of a new fisheries act to replace the existing Fisheries Act 2002, (Act 625).

Again, he announced that construction works on fish landing sites and harbour projects located in the Accra and Western Regions expected to facilitate the transformation of the fisheries sector, are progressing steadily.

These initiatives he said, affirm government’s commitment to see the rapid growth of the sector.

Meanwhile, the President has lauded the efforts of relevant stakeholders and industry players who have consistently provided the nation with food despite the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic that left many economies crippling.

Their good work he noted, has been felt in several neighboring countries in the western part of the African continent.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend a hearty ayekoo to our farmers and fisher folk, on the 37th edition of Farmers Day.

God bless our farmers and fisherfolk, and us all, and may God bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong,” the President said in a tweet.

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