The small-scale aquaculture sector in Ghana comprise about 2,200 farmers, each producing less than 50mt of fish per annum. Production for 2018 from small-scale farmers was 11,069mt against a total aquaculture production of 76,620mt. The sector is private sector-led and has the potential to contribute significantly to fish food and nutritional security, employment generation, increased incomes, economic growth and poverty reduction.
As the nation, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) puts in policies and strategies to avert the declining stocks in the capture fisheries, the theme for this year’s National Farmers’ Day celebration, ‘enhancing small-scale agriculture towards agribusiness develpment’ could not have come at a better time than now. It is a clarion call to increase the nation’s annual fish output by revitalizing the small-scale farming in order to establish a strong base for a sustained and accelerated growth of the aquaculture subsector.