Aquaculture Ghana 2023 Conference and Exhibition

AQUACULTURE GHANA 2023 CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

The two day event, organized on April 26 and 27 by the Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana and held at the World Trade Centre in Accra, brought together an impressive number of local players in the aquaculture value chain, with a decent amount of international participation. 

The Chairman of the Chamber of Aquaculture, Dr Henry Anim Somuah, said that a major objective of the event was to maximize the local production of fish and reduced the nation’s fish import bill. He urged the public to patronize fish produced in Ghana, rather than imported fish which is of low nutritional quality. ‘Our challenge is not that we have no money to buy fish. Our challenge, rather, is that we spend a substantial amount of fish buying other people’s fish’. 

Deaconness Foluke Areola

Foluke Areola, retired Federal Director of Fisheries of Nigeria and incoming President of the Africa Region of the World Aquaculture Society, urged regulatory agencies in the West Africa Region to change from their ‘traditional’ monitoring and control roles in order to be more relevant. ‘We need to be proactive, to move across the country to address challenges faced by farmers’. She also urged them to react appropriately to the global trend towards fish welfare. ‘The new world order is emphasizing issues like humane slaughter and transportation and exposure to pain. The five freedoms of animals are now applying in Africa. We are now trying to access global markets. We need to put together good fish welfare packages in order to gain access to foreign export markets. 

Among the foreign exhibitors was Lambers Seghers of Belgium, whose L S Aqua division is on its way to becoming a significant player in the aquaculture industries of Ghana and other West African countries. CEO Danny Van Mullem is ‘satisfied with what we are doing with feed companies so far’. He is expectant that ongoing contacts with the players in Ghana will soon result in the company’s deployment of single cell protein in Ghana. He is confident that ‘overall, CSP offers great advantages, especially cost savings, to the aquaculture industry in Ghana and other African countries.

One of the keenly discussed topics was the cost of feed. which has become a challenge for farmers in the subregion in recent times. National currencies of most West African currencies have dropped significantly, and the war in Ukraine has affected supplies of maize, the main ingredient in aquaculture diets. Hard pressed governments have been unable to take the usual step of importing maize for the poultry and aquaculture sectors, and some farmers have reduced and even suspended production. Perhaps due to the seriousness of this situation, there are currently discussions between operators across the aquaculture value chain aimed at commercial production of fish feed using the several local ingredients (including palm kernel cake, cassava flour, rice bran, cottonseed oil and black soldier fly larvae. whose viability have been proven by researchers. The discussions have centered around processes for dealing with antinutritional factors which have limited high levels of inclusion. Discussions on collaboration are ongoing with two organizations in East Africa which have recently started production of fish feed based on alternative feed. 

Dr. Van Mullen, CEO of Lambers Seghers (Belgium)

 Mr. Habib d’Angelo, CEO of Volta Rapids Farm and Vice President of the Ghana Aquaculture Association, believes that ‘reliance on regular feed has not helped us. There are too many competing demands for maize, and we spend scarce foreign exchange on importing soya meal. It’s time to change the situation. This time we are talking with all stakeholders in the industry, and people who have made some recent strides in East Africa. I believe we will soon present a few products to the regulatory agencies for approval’

Prof Francis Nunoo, Chairman, Fisheries Commission
Jacques Magnee, Technical Director, Raanan Feed Company, Ghana
Sailesh Chudasama showcasing biofloc technology

CEO of AgriMercarb Ltd, based in Suhum in Ghana’s Eastern Region, Jessie Quarshie, states that his company is ‘creating an enabling framework to help farmers convert organic waste into quality protein for feed using the black soldier fly larvae’. The company is currently the largest producer of BSF larvae, supplying fish, poultry and fish farmers. He said that ‘whilst working towards producing total feed packages for livestock farmers, we are collaborating with agencies preparing to start production of fish feed based on alternative feed ingredients on the market’.

Dr. Henry Somuah also advises ‘although we certainly have a challenge with the price of feed, farmers need to address other issues that affect the efficiency of the fish farm operation. They need to ensure that they source their fingerlings from reliable hatcheries, and address issues like water quality, temperature, biosecurity and waste management. You may not get the best results from feed if these issues are not effectively dealt with, and I can confidently say that this is a major challenge for farmers’. 

Lucas Quarshie, CEO of AgriMercarb interacting with visitors at the company stand
BSF on Display

Mr. Lasisi Nurudeen, Country Manager of Aller Aqua, Nigeria, took this further by saying that ‘farmers and their personnel must be well educated on all aspects of the business. In addition to producing good quality feed, we at Aller Aqua organize regular workshops, and we visit the communities to interact with our clients to share information’.

Nurudeen Lasisi says that Aller Aqua places a high premium on interactions with farmers in the communities
L to R Dr. Collins Prah, Dr. Eunice Asamoah and Dr. Seth Addo of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Science, University of Ghana
L to R: Dr Lanre Badmus, Deputy Fisheries Minister Moses Anim, Dr Kofitsoe Cudjoe, Norweigian Veterinary Institute, Sally d’Angel, USAID and Dr. Ruby Asmah, Director of Fisheries, Water Research Institute
John Domozoro, CEO, PBA Farms and WISHH Rep and Head, Department of Fisheries and Marine Science, University of Ghana
Adnan Astier and Sandy Chatham are Virbac officers based at Troppo Farms

3 thoughts on “Aquaculture Ghana 2023 Conference and Exhibition”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *