Farmers must reject unauthorized farming practices

Tema – The Ningo Prampram Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has condemned the use of unauthorized methods in farming and fishing.

We have come a long way as a nation and we have to dedicate ourselves to good agricultural practices by avoiding negative practices that derail the gains made over the years, he said.

Mr. Jonathan Doku said this on Friday during the 2017 farmers’ day celebration at Ablekumah in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

He observed that the use of light and chemicals for fishing was against the laws of Ghana and therefore asked persons involved in such activities in the district to be prepared to face the law.

He said, The adoption of archaic methods of farming, uncontrolled bush burning and the use of prohibitive chemicals in light fishing which have a retrogressive effect on our survival as a people must be discarded.

He observed that since there was a ban on light fishing, there was the need for a concerted effort to fight the menace.

He therefore pleaded with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to intensify the fight against light fishing by ensuring that the Marine Police teamed up with the watch dog committees to police Ghana’s territorial waters.

The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Mr. Sam George Nartey, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said even though light fishing was a major threat to fishing in Ghana, he believed government should also concern itself with the issue of pair trawling which was the main threat to the fishing stock of Ghana.

He said that Ghanaians do not have pair trawlers and therefore government should fight foreigners who were destroying the Ghanaian fishing industry by engaging in this activity.

He asked that if government gives license to foreigners to operate in our waters, they should monitor them to ensure they practice the right fishing methods to save the industry.

This year’s farmers’ day celebration, which was on the theme, Farming for food and jobs, saw 43 year old Mr Joseph Awuley Eyum coming up as the overall best farmer for the Ningo Prampram District.

He received a double door fridge, a wheel barrow, one bundle wire mesh, four pairs of wellington boots, one knapsack sprayer, one watering can, one bicycle, one shovel, four cutlasses, one Pre-set radio, a gallon, half piece of cloths and a respirator.

Source: Ghana News Agency