Mr E. A. Wellington, the Upper East Regional Director of Fisheries has commended the Songtana (Help Has Come) Aquaculture Group at Pusu-Namongo in the Talensi District for emerging the 2015 aquaculture group in the country during the recent farmers’ awards held in Bolgatanga.
The award recognised the group’s knowledge of fisheries, environmental protection, record keeping and safety, as well as their contribution to the growth of their community and ability to avoid and manage conflicts.
Mr Wellington gave the commendation at a ceremony held at the Upper East Regional office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, after he handed over tools and equipment to the farmers to use in their activities.
He said the fifty resource-poor female and male farmers, who made up the group, had never reared fish before until 2014, when the Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation (RESULT) project, under the Association of Church Development Programmes (ACDEP) introduced aquaculture to their community.
He said with training, inputs and equipment provided by RESULT, the group was able to harvest and sold 4.8 tonnes of tilapia in six months and advised other farmers to pay more attention to their farming activities to improve their livelihoods.
Mr Peter Kwame Akpaglo, Aquaculture Specialist, RESULT, said some of the farmers conceded that they did not know anything about aquaculture when RESULT introduced it to them.
He said everyone in the Songtana Aquaculture Group adopted the best management practices of cage farming such as net washing to ensure good water exchange and urged them not to be content with this output; but should rather see it as a challenge since other farmers in other communities benefiting from the intervention would emulate them to achieve excellence in fish farming.
RESULT is a six-year project to increase the food security and resilience of 21,000 smallholder farmers and their households in northern Ghana.
It is targeting poorer, more food insecure households with integrated interventions in the key areas of crop, animal and aquaculture production and alternative income-generating activities.
RESULT is implemented by the Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC) and the Association of Church-based Development NGOs (ACDEP) with funding from Global Affairs Canada. GNA