Agriculture In Ghana Fishing sub-sector increases Agric growth in 1st quarter of 2017

The Ghana Statistical Service said the growth is as a result of the fishing sub-sector where the growth has risen from negative 4 percent to 32 percent.

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The agriculture sector has grown from 2.8 percent to 7.6 percent within the first quarter of 2017.

The Ghana Statistical Service said the growth is as a result of the fishing sub-sector where the growth has risen from negative 4 percent to 32 percent.

According to General Secretary of the General Agricultural Workers’ Union (GAWU), Edward Kareweh told Accra-based Citi FM that the growth can be attributed to the renewed investor confidence and favourable weather conditions in the first quarter 2017.

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“Fishing also has been a seasonal activity; it is not something that one can dictate its growth particularly when we talk about natural fishing. But if the growth is being influenced by fish rearing then that can be sustainable.”

“We need to find out whether this growth has been driven by the interventions such as investments in tilapia or any other fish farming,” he added.

He was also mindful of the fact that this was coming at a time when fishermen are complaining about a decrease in their catch citing illegal mining and the oil exploration among others.

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He said this means that if such issues are looked at, the fishing industry will do better.

Aside from the growth in the fisheries subsector, cocoa also went up by 62 percent from the 2.9 to 4.7 percent.

However, livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats as well as forestry and logging subsectors, declined in the growth of about 24 and 5 percent respectively between the first quarter of 2016 and the same period this year.