All over the world, nations are creating programs aimed at educating farmers on the benefits of aquaculture. This will not only provide a boost to the economy, as it will better prepare farmers for different kinds of jobs, it will also provide access to more food. With the help of Coppens International, a Netherlands-based group, government officials in Ghana are implementing aquaculture educational programs for fish farmers along Volta Lake.
Lake Volta is one of the largest lakes in the world, with a surface area of 3,275 square miles. It is a source of tourism, hydroelectric power and food for the country. By educating area farmers on aquaculture, the government hopes to harness the full extent of the lake’s power and to produce more fish.
In the article, “Coppens trains 70 fish farmers in modern aquaculture,” David Andoh of Myjoyonline.com writes, “Government targets that the country should be able to produce 400,000 tons of fish within the period to help meet the national fish protein requirement.” Due to illegal fishing methods and the use of chemicals, Ghana’s fish stock has been lower than expected over the past few years, especially in comparison to neighboring countries, causing government officials to look for a solution. The aquaculture education and development plan is a five-year plan.
More countries are recognizing the need for aquaculture education in order to boost food stock and job opportunities. If you have any questions on aquaculture, contact Arizona Aquatic Gardens!