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10.07.2014 Business & Finance

Scientist calls for adoption of fish cage farming

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Tamale, July 10, GNA - Ghana can reduce the importation of fish by 50 per cent if the country takes up fish cage farming seriously, Dr Felix Akpabey, a research scientist in-charge of the Northern Regional Water Research Institute, has said.

He said with investment, infrastructure, improved practices, effective management and monitoring systems the current fish production could be increased.

'We have the scientific skills, technical knowledge and the human resource but the infrastructure is limited,' Dr Agbakpey told the GNA in an interview.

He said the national demand for fish exceeded production and added that for instance there was only one state owned fingerlings production center in Akosombo 'so we mostly have to go to Akosombo to get fingerlings to serve our clients.'

Dr Agbakpey said there was the need to get another center in Tamale to serve the northern belt because the interest by people to go into fish farming was increasing.

He said with about GH ₵ 50, 000, a very good production center that could produce a million fingerlings a year will be enough to meet the demand from the savanna belt.


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