The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has received donations worth Gh¢100,000.00 from fourteen companies towards the 33rd National Farmers Day Celebrations.
The Day, which would be held on 1st December 2017, seeks to award gallant fisher folks and farmers for their numerous contributions towards the growth of the economy.
The National Investment Bank made donation of Gh¢30,000.00, Cash Oil Company Ltd gave Gh¢ 10,000.00, Seam Oil Company Ltd, 5,000.00, Nii Ayitey Quaye (BOSSGIE) donated Gh¢1,000.00, Danny Nii Ayitey Quaye (Tema Freezing), Gh¢ 1,000.00, Blue Dolphine, 1,000.00, and Akrafi Fisheries Ltd also gave Gh¢ 2,000.00.
The others include; Top Oil Company Ltd also supported with 10,000.00, GHACEM gave 1000 bags of cement, Michael Star Company Ltd donated fishing accessories worth Gh¢ 51,000.00 and cash of Gh¢5,000.00, CCT gave Gh¢ 30,000.00, Sonite Ghana Ltd, Gh¢ 2,000.00, and Value Concern also supported with Gh¢3,000.00.
Mrs Elizabeth Afoley, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, expressed gratitude to companies for their support.
She said fish provides 60 per cent of the national protein requirements, saying “As Ghanaians who love to enjoy our fish with our meal it is therefore important that we say ayekoo to our gallant fishermen.”
The Minister said the support and partnership of the companies have proved to be monumental in the quest to improve the awards package given to the fishers over the years and this have enhanced their work, improved their livelihoods and further strengthen mutual relations between the Ministry and the institutions.
She, however, urged other corporate bodies to come on board and support the Ministry to enable it provides appropriate prizes to the fishermen.