DANISH FRESH FISH IN GHANA
With the establishment of a fish farm on Lake Volta in Ghana, Royal Danish Seafood Group A/S has increased local employment and ensured stable delivery of fresh fish to the local market, distributors and consumers.
Lake Volta in Ghana is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The lake was dammed in the mid-1960s, and for several decades it was the base of a large fishing industry. But due to overfishing it lost its importance, and today Ghana imports around 800,000 ton of fish per year.
The Danish company Royal Danish Seafood group has now reintroduced fishing on Lake Volta in cooperation with a local partner. At the fish farm West African Fish they breed and produce the locally appreciated edible fish, Tilapia. Production takes place in an aquaculture installation and in large cages placed in Lake Volta.
– It has been a big task to establish such a project in Africa. We started from scratch and have established both the fish farm and the entire infrastructure, including roads, housing and electricity, said Mogens Mathiasen, managing director, Royal Danish Seafood.
High growth of production
The farmed fish are sold in the local market, which is now flourishing again, and to distributors who sell it to the rest of the country. This means that the farm has not only created 100 direct jobs, but also contributed to the supply of fresh fish, reducing the need to import fish.
The fish farm has continuously expanded, and the annual production has increased from 28 tons in the first year to now 4000 tons of Tilapia.
“Business has been much better than expected, and the demand is so big that we have continuously increased production”
Mogens Mathiasen, managing director, Royal Danish Seafood
Focus on the environment
Royal Danish Seafood has many years of experience from among other things production of eel in Denmark, where emphasis is on minimizing pollution. This is done by use of aquaculture installations based on separate recirculating facilities with a daily change of water of less than two per cent. In principle, a similar technology is used at the fish farm in Ghana.
The production taking place in nets placed directly in Lake Volta also reduces the environmental impact compared to the traditional method of land-based facilities. In addition, the company uses high-tech fish feed, which also minimises pollution.
Part of the local community
Royal Danish Fish Food is engaged in the community where the fish farm is located. Recently, the company has donated financial support to a new building at the local primary school, and the company is also focused on employee training.
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