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Ghana aims to ramp up farmed catfish and tilapia sales

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 27, 2020
Plans to promote Ghana’s aquaculture industry may have been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus, but the organisers are optimistic that an inaugural event will go ahead next year instead.
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The sector had planned at three day Fish Expo West Africa in August to bring together fish farmers and other service providers across West Africa to showcase their products, participate in knowledge sharing seminars and to discuss joint projects.

Topics: Ghana

A National Tilapia and Catfish Week was also on the cards, during which tilapia and catfish would have been widely promoted.

Fish farms meanwhile planned to open to the public in a bid to boost public confidence in the sector and increase farmed tilapia and catfish sales.

Ghana and Nigeria are the region's main aquaculture producers, but recent investments in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are expected to result in substantial increases in output too.

With the increases in production, the need to find viable markets has become a prominent issue.

Crucially, the need has arisen to change the traditional West African customers’ preferences, increase production and demand for processed tilapia and catfish, and to ramp up exports.