A series of capacity-building workshops for fishers in Apam, a coastal town in the Central Region, have begun to guide the participants on effective ways of managing micro and small businesses.
The workshops, which are intended to train a total number of 210 fishers over a three-month period, are being facilitated by Elitrust Finecon, a Ghanaian consultancy firm with speciality in medium and small scale enterprise development.
A statement issued in Accra on Monday by the Public Affairs Unit of the Elitrust Finecon and copied to Ghana News Agency said the programme, which started on June 24, had thus far trained 60 people.
“Participants are taken through a series of thrilling games and practical exercises that help them to understand and embrace for the first time critical business issues including creativity, idea generation, understanding the business environment, strategies for accessing new and untapped markets, planning and business organisation, records keeping and financial management,” it said.
The statement said the participants are from the Apam Canoe Cooperative Fishermen Society.
The workshop is being sponsored by the Skills Development Fund of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
The statement indicated that Mr Kwamena Blankson, Chairman of the Apam Canoe Cooperative Fishermen Society expressed gratitude to COTVET for the support.
It quoted Madam Esi Twuwa, a 55- year- old fishmonger as saying: “Now I know I have to seek information on price, demand, competitors, and quality requirements even before I go to the fishing harbour to buy fish to smoke.
“I have learnt a lot. I am going to turn my business around once again with the knowledge that I have acquired.”
The statement said Madam Cecelia Dadzie, another participant, said she was happy she could now calculate her profit and loss and would be able to price her fish henceforth.
A lead facilitator and representative of Elitrust Finecon, Mr Kofi Sobre-Frimpong advised the participants to practice the things they had learnt in their businesses. GNA