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Ghanan Fish Imports Drop

GHANA - Fish imports into Ghana this year is expected to drop considerably because of rising fuel costs.

Kofi Adusei Poku, deputy Minister of Fisheries and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, My Joy Online that fish imports rose to 261,592.05 tonnes last year from 209,358.99 tonnes in 2006.

The rise was because of concerns about bird flu which helped to increase fish consumption.

Now the minister has called on the private sector to consider investing massively in aquaculture.

Government has also called on an Indian boat manufacturing firm to set up in Ghana to manufacture fibre-glass boats to replace old wooden canoes.

“Government is determined to revamp and build the fisheries sector to advanced levels,” he told My Joy, adding that fishing methods and equipment currently used in the country were all antiquated.