The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has donated fishing items valued at One Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (100,000.00) to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture for distribution to fishermen affected by the September 4, 2016 tidal waves which hit certain parts of coastline fishermen.
Making the donation the Managing Director at ADB, Mr. Daniel Asiedu said the donation was in response to a request by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture on the need to assist the victims.
“The items which we are informed got damaged or lost included outboard motors, fishing nets, ropes, canoes and boats. We are also informed that fishermen from Ada, Bortiano James Town and Teshie were the most affected by this natural disaster,” he said. “To exhibit our commitment to the sector, we quickly responded with seventy Three bundles of fishing net and s50 pools of fishing twines with a total value of over One Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵100,000.00),”he added.
The Managing Director pledged the Bank’s commitment towards developing the fishing sector through the provision of credit and other facilities to enable it contribute significantly to the economy.
The sector Minister, Madam Sherry Ayittey thanked the Bank for the kind gesture and commended them for the quick response and urged other organizations to emulate ADB. She indicated that with the necessary support the fishing and aquaculture sector has the potential to do more for the economy.
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The Agricultural Development Bank Limited (Adb) has donated fishing materials valued at GH¢100,000 to be distributed to fishermen in some fishing communities which were hit by tidal waves recently.
Other communities along the coastline which were affected include Chorkor, Odododiodio, Teshie, Bortianor, Ada and James Town in the Greater Accra Region; Nyanyano and Manford in the Central Region; Axim and Half Assini in the Western Region and Keta in the Volta Region.
The waves, attributed to global warming, were said to have also occurred in a number of spots around the world.
Presenting the materials, which included 73 bundles of fishing nets and four boxes of fishing twines, the Managing Director (MD) of Adb, Mr Daniel Asiedu, said the gesture was to support the fisherfolk whose fishing gear were ravaged by the waves.
He said Adb was committed to the financing and development of the agriculture sector and could not leave the burden of supporting the tidal wave victims to the government alone.
Mr Asiedu reiterated the commitment of the bank to support the country’s farmers and fishermen through the provision of credit and other facilities.
He said the bank, which had been sponsoring the annual National Farmers Day awards for the past 14 years and providing the National Best Farmer of the year with a three-bedroom house, would continue to support the government to ensure the development of the agriculture sector.
Responding to plight of fisherfolk
The Minister of Fisheries, Ms Sherry Ayittey, who received the items, thanked the Adb for supporting the affected fishermen.
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