01.08.2004 Regional News

Stock Lake Bosomtwe with tilapia

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Kuntanase (Ash), Aug 1, GNA- A traditional ruler has called on the Institute of Aquatic Biology and the Department of Fisheries to stock Lake Bosomtwe with tilapia. This, he said, would enable the lake to provide enough fish consumption.

Okogyeasuo Dwumaku Nkrumah II, chief of Asaman, one of the communities along the lake in the Amansie East district was speaking a workshop on Lake Bosomtwe Biodiversity Project on Friday at Kokoado near Kuntanase in the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district of Ashanti. The project is between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Friends of the Earth -Ghana and communities along the lake. The project is aimed at finding ways of protecting the lake from pollution and the forest.

Okogyeasuo Nkrumah noted that the lake had been over exploited and as such everything possible should be done to save it from further depletion. He pledged the support of all chiefs along the lake to do everything possible to protect it.

Dr Yeboah Yentumi, UNDP Policy Advisor on Environment, said the UNDP and the government would sponsor the project for the next four years. Mr Theophilius Anderson, Director of Friends of the Earth -Ghana and the director of the Bosomtwe Biodiversity Project, said it was the objective of his organisation to protect the flora and fauna in and around the lake. To make the project a success, he said, an environmental awareness involving school children had been organised for them to protect the lake.

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