The National Food and Agriculture Show
27 Jul 2018

Elders Of Nungua In Full Support Of Ban On Fishing Activities

Elders Of Nungua In Full Support Of Ban On Fishing Activities

The elders of Nungua have thrown their support for the ban on fishing in August, this year by the Government to allow for the spawning and breeding of the fishes.

The elders at a news conference at Nungua addressed by Nii Borteyfio Borteykwei Afafi-Nsro II, the Nungua Nkpor Mantse on behalf of the Agborbu Wulomo, the Overlord of Ga-Dangme State said the ban had come as a result of scientific research and must be adhered to.

Nii Afafi said it was prudent for all Ghanaians, especially the fisher folks to abide by the directives by the Government so that after August Ghanaians could assess the outcome of ban to inform future decisions.

Mr Joshua Bortey, the Municipal Chief Executive for Krowor in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the country's fish stock was at risk and that the measure taken to ban fishing in August was in the right direction to help increase the stock.

The Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has imposed a ban on all fishing activities from August 7 to September 4, this year in the country to enable the fishes to spawn and breed to increase the stock of fishes.

The directive had sparked mixed reaction among the people, especially the fisher folks.

The elders of Nungua have thrown their support for the ban on fishing in August, this year by the Government to allow for the spawning and breeding of the fishes.

The elders at a news conference at Nungua addressed by Nii Borteyfio Borteykwei Afafi-Nsro II, the Nungua Nkpor Mantse on behalf of the Agborbu Wulomo, the Overlord of Ga-Dangme State said the ban had come as a result of scientific research and must be adhered to.

Nii Afafi said it was prudent for all Ghanaians, especially the fisher folks to abide by the directives by the Government so that after August Ghanaians could assess the outcome of ban to inform future decisions.

Mr Joshua Bortey, the Municipal Chief Executive for Krowor in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the country's fish stock was at risk and that the measure taken to ban fishing in August was in the right direction to help increase the stock.

The Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has imposed a ban on all fishing activities from August 7 to September 4, this year in the country to enable the fishes to spawn and breed to increase the stock of fishes.

The directive had sparked mixed reaction among the people, especially the fisher folks.

27 Jul 2018

Land Zoning Urgently Required in Ghana for Food Security

One of the major disincentives to agriculture in Ghana is the complete disregard for Land Use (Zoning) policies.

Most of the hitherto farmlands are been sold to Estate developers thereby leading to a complete disinterest in starting this farming enterprise all over again.

It seems almost every family wants to buy land to build without considering the limited land size of the country. The challenge is known to policy makers but nothing has been done about it so far.

Considering the size of land required for plantations, it will be unwise for farmers (most of them without the capital to start an acre of farm) to sink their start-up capital into an outright purchase of farm lands.

Zoning Farmlands. Photo Credit: SyeComp

The food basket of Accra used to be Weija, Bortianor, Ablekuma, etc. Now, such places and beyond have become places of residence.

Groital Farms, located at Nsakye, off the Nsawam-Aburi road is about an hour and half journey from the capital, Accra. The intention is not to talk about Groital today but to shed light on the happenings on our neighbouring farms.

One of our neighbours has had to relinquish his farmland of about 100 acres to the owners who intend selling to Estate Developersbecause he did not have money for outright purchase. This guy in question owns the biggest pineapple plantation in the area.

I was hurt to see earth moving equipment clearing farm lands. The simple thought that came to mind is, WE MAY SOON GO HUNGRY AS A PEOPLE if care isn’t taken. It starts with ignoring such oversight responsibilities. The District and Municipal Assemblies have more serious roles to play in this regard and Land-Use policies must be enforced.

Frank Sam-Addo