FAO projects aquatic animal production at 205 million tonnes in 2032


World production of aquatic animals is projected to reach 205 million tonnes (light weight equivalent) in 2031, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has forecast.

The organisation noted that, out of the tonnage, 111 million tonnes would be from aquaculture and 94 million tonnes from capture fisheries, increasing respectively by 17 percent and three percent.

This was in ‘In Brief: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024.

Blue Transformation in Action,’ which is available to the Ghana News Agency.

It stated that the FAO outlook for fisheries and aquaculture foresaw an increase in world production, apparent consumption, and trade for the period up to 2032, although at slower rates compared with previous decades.

‘As a result, aquaculture will account for 54 per cent of the total production of aquatic animals and 60 percent of total aquatic food for human consumption, estimated at 184 million tonnes, or 90 per cent of the total production.’

The FAO noted that apparent
consumption of aquatic animal foods would increase by 12 per cent to a supply of on average 21.3 kg per capita in 2032, which is driven mostly by rising incomes, urbanisation, and improvements in post-harvest practices, distribution, and dietary trends.

It added, however, that, unfortunately, per capita apparent consumption in Africa will continue to decrease, stressing that ‘this is most alarming for sub-Saharan Africa, where many countries are dependent on aquatic foods to meet their nutritional needs, particularly animal proteins and micronutrients.’

The FAO also projected that exports of aquatic products would continue to grow but would represent only 34 percent of the total production in 2032, compared with 38 percent in 2022, indicating that prices were expected to continue to decline slightly in both nominal and real terms until 2025-2027, before increasing again.

‘Overall, from 2022 to 2032, fish prices are expected to grow moderately in nominal terms but to decline in real terms.’

The report indi
cated that the world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, up by 1.7 billion compared with 2022, which will have significant implications for the supply and demand of aquatic animal foods.

‘To maintain through to 2050 apparent consumption of aquatic animal foods at the 2022 estimated level of 20.7 kg per capita would require an increase in the total aquatic animal food supply of 36 million tonnes (live weight equivalent), representing a 22 percent rise, highlighting the need to achieve Blue Transformation in a world where aquatic foods play a more significant role in ending hunger and poverty.’

In 2021, the FAO launched the Blue Transformation vision, aimed at maximising the opportunities presented by aquatic food systems to enhance food security, improve nutrition, eradicate poverty, and support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GSA conclusions are based on national and international standards-Witness


Mrs Genevieve Ofosuhemaa Mantey, Head of Material Science Department, Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), says at the Material Science Department of the Authority, conclusions are based on national and international standards.

She said, however, sometimes conclusions suited clients’ specifications. Such clients include individuals, academia and government institutions, students among others, who come with their own specifications.

Mrs Mantey, a subpoenaed witness for Mr Seidu Agongo, was speaking in her evidence-in-chief in the trial, involving Dr Stephen Opuni, a former Chief Executive of COCOBOD, led by Mr Benson Nutsukpui, Counsel for Agongo.

Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, willfully causing financial loss to the State, money laundering, and corruption by a public officer in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are on a GHS300,000.00 self-recognizance bail each.

The witness said standards h
ad specifications for all perimeters and that if there was a Ghana standard for a product to be tested it was used but if not, they looked for other international standards to conclude their testing.

She said the Authority includes all the stakeholders in the standards development and that they only served as a Secretariat.

The Head of Material Science Department said the Department housed six laboratories, including textile, plastic and polyoma, Bold and Hall Marking, Petroleum, water and the general chemistry laboratories.

The witness, who has worked at the Authority for 28 years, said every Laboratory had a manager, supervisors, and several analysts.

She said all the laboratories had technical and quality managers and when samples were received, they were assigned to analysts, who carried out the work and submitted it back to the laboratory managers for vetting.

She said after the vetting, a report was generated and submitted to the Head of Department and later submitted to the Director and onwards to
the Clients.

When asked whether she was aware of the forensic and cosmetics laboratory at the GSA, she answered in the affirmative, saying it was one of the laboratories in the testing Directorate.

She said those laboratories did not report to her but rather reported to the Director of Testing.

She said the forensic and cosmetics laboratory dealt with drugs and medical devices, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Road Safety Authority engages tyre dealers’ association in Ashanti


The Ashanti Regional Office of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), has engaged the executives of the Ashanti Regional Home Used Tyre Dealers Association on registration processes for importers of road safety equipment.

The discussions focused on the registration of importers and service providers per regulations LI 2468, 2022, proper tyre maintenance, tyre quality standards, as well as enforcing tyre protocols in Ghana per regulations 62 of LI 2180, 2012.

Among resolutions made during the meeting were: intensified education and awareness, joint campaigns on tyre safety, workshops for dealers and consumers, monitoring tyre quality, and ensuring adherence to safety standards.

Mr. Kwasi Agyenim Boateng, Regional Head, NRSA, who took the participants through the registration processes, said it was unlawful to provide road transport services or transport-related services without being registered by the Authority.

He said the law relates to all entities providing road transport services, whether in priva
te or public sector organisations, and the goal was to improve road safety and quality transport services.

He explained that the regulated entities targeted by the law included commercial transport operators, transport units and departments of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), transport related service providers, road safety related NGOs, and importers of road safety equipment.

‘The Authority’s overriding interest is to ensure that organisations that put themselves out to serve the public in the road transport sector have the competency for the regulated service,’ Mr Boateng noted.

The Authority, he said, had the duty to protect the public from harm and that it starts from identifying who was providing what service from which location and with what knowledge.

Mr Boateng, therefore, encouraged the executives to further engage their members on the outcome of the meeting, reminding them that they would need business registration documents, business operating permit and confirmation of franchise w
here applicable, for their registration with the NRSA.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ato Forson Trial: Court to determine Admissibility of tape recording between Jakpa and AG


An Accra High Court hearing the case involving Dr Ato Forson and two others, will on Thursday 13, 2024, determine whether an audio conversation between Richard Jakpa and Godfred Dame Yeboah, the Attorney-General, is admissible in the trial.

The Court presided over by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe adjourned the matter to Thursday to deliver full ruling on the admissibility.

Dr Abdul Bassit Bamba, Counsel for Dr Forson on Tuesday, June 6, 2024, moved an application to admit the recording of the audio tape conversation, involving Jakpa and Godfred Yeboah Dame into evidence.

The Court allowed the audio, a private voice recording or conversation between Mr Richard Japka, the third Accused person, and Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, the AG to be played openly in court.

According to the Court, it was to decide whether the audio evidence was admissible in the case and to ensure whether the parties were served with the audio evidence being tendered.

Mrs Yvonne Attakora-Obuabasi, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP
), after listening to the audio, opposed the tendering, indicating that insufficient foundation had been laid for its inclusion into evidence in the ongoing trial.

The DPP said they opposed the tendering of the recording into evidence on grounds of relevance and breach of privacy of the A-G.

She said the Court had already relied on the tape in its ruling which dismissed all the applications filed by both Dr Forson and Jakpa.

She said the recording did not assist the court in any way to determine the case and it was irrelevant in this case.

‘The tape is of little relevance, and they have woefully failed in the relevance stage,’ she said.

Dr Bamba said the content was relevant to the determination of the case.

He said in the tape ‘we heard it was the second accused person, the former Chief Director was the one authorized the payment and not Dr Forson.’

He prayed for the Court to rule that the tape was relevant to the trial, adding that the AG had not denied that the voice in the tape was not his and neit
her had the prosecution also denied that the voice in the tape was that of the AG.

The Counsel said the Court in the ruling dated June 6, 2024, on mistrial application considered the tape and admitted it into evidence.

He said the audio involved no mean person like the AG of Ghana, who is a public authority.

Dr Bamba said the AG had impressed the accused to accept his theory for prosecution and the conduct interfered with the administration of justice and it amounted to contempt of court.

‘The conduct of the AG related to woeful oppression of any public authority,’ he said.

He said there was no doubt that AG was a public officer. What he did was a clear abuse of authority.

‘His job is to prosecute cases but not his role to be talking to the accused person to suggest his theory of trial,’ he added.

The judge pleaded with parties in the matter to help her finish the case quickly.

‘So please help me to just finish this case quickly to enable everybody to attend to their individual activities,’ she said.

T
he Judge made the plea, while referring to how the court handled the case involving Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, who was standing trial over alleged procurement breaches in an ambulance purchase but was subsequently discharged.

She said the original plan was to conclude by end of May 2024, but Mr Jakpa, the third accused person dismissed his lawyer, a situation which changed the court’s plan.

The Judge urged the parties to try and put the plan back on schedule to avoid any interruptions.

The court adjourned to Thursday, 13, 2024 for ruling on the admissibility of the tape.

Dr Forson was granted a self-recognisance bail of GHS3million for allegedly wilfully causing financial loss of 2,370,000 euros to the State.

He is also facing an additional charge of ‘Intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1 (2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977 (SMCD 140).’

Mr Jakpa was also granted bail of five million Ghana Cedis with three sureties one of whom must be jus
tified with documents of landed property.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Vision Ghana and partners plant over 200, 000 seedlings in last five years


World Vision Ghana together with Catholic Relief services, with technical support from the World Agroforestry Centre has planted over 200, 000 seedlings in the last five years.

The initiative, which took place in the Bawku West, Mion and Garu-Tempane districts is under the Landscapes and Environmental Agility across the Nation (LEAN) Project.

The LEAN is a 4-year European Union funded project in three biodiversity landscapes, which are the savannah landscape, covering West Gonja and Kasena Nankana districts; the transition landscape covering Nkoranza, Techiman and Offinso enclave and high forest zones covering Bibiani-Anhwia-Bekwai, Sefwi Wiawso, Bodi and Akontombra.

It is part of a larger EU Re-greening Africa project, flagship programme aimed at restoring degraded landscapes, enhancing biodiversity, and improving livelihoods across Africa.

World Vision Ghana’s engagement had helped 17,550 farmers benefit from compost making and other conservation Agricultural practices training in the project operations
.

Also, 11,920 lead farmers and fire stewards trained in Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and bushfire management in Bawku West, Mion and Garu-Tempane.

Ms Abena Dufie Woode, Senior Project Manager, EU LEAN Project, said, one of the key components on the LEAN is restoration and since the inception of the project in 2020, they raised and distributed one million tree seedlings of native and exotic species.

She said over 75 seedlings nursery in the landscape communities had been established and most of the seedlings they had raised had been supporting the Green Ghana Day over the time.

‘In this particular year within the high forest zones alone, we have raised and distributed 90, 000 seedlings to the various forest service divisions we are working in,’ Ms Woode said.

She said they had set up diversification enterprises for farmers to support the farmers livelihoods, adding that the project had benefited about 20, 000 people directly and 40, 000 indirectly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tourism Authority, Beyond the Return Secretariat plant 500 trees at Pan-African Village


The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), in partnership with the Beyond the Return Secretariat and the Asebu Traditional Council, have planted over 500 economically valuable trees at the Pan African Village at Asebu in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

The Pan-African Village serves as a haven for diasporans desiring to rediscover their heritage, settle, and contribute to the progress of Africa and Ghana.

The Beyond the Return Secretariat, an initiative by the Government of Ghana, is aimed at engaging diasporans to boost tourism and to encourage the repatriation of Africans and Ghanaians from the diaspora to foster social and economic ties and investments in Africa, particularly in Ghana.

The tree planting initiative is part of a nationwide campaign to plant over ten million tree seedlings encompassing various species, with plans to nurture them to maturity.

This proactive effort is geared towards conserving the country’s forest cover, protecting the environment, and mitigating the adve
rse impacts of climate change.

During his address, Mr Charles Kwaku Buabin, the Regional Director of the Authority, extended his appreciation to the traditional leaders present for their invaluable contributions towards the preservation of the environment.

He said trees played a vital role in combating climate change, regulating atmospheric temperature and providing natural resources.

The move, Mr Buabin emphasised, was important to protect and expand Ghana’s forest reserves.

Nana Oweredu, the Dabeahen of the Asebu Traditional Area, representing Okatakyi (Prof) Amenfi VII, President of the Asebu Traditional Council, expressed gratitude for the establishment of the Pan-African Village.

However, he raised concerns about the activities of illegal miners and other individuals jeopardising the planted trees and called on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forestry Commission to impose appropriate sanctions on those caught destroying vegetation.

He emphasised that the trees would help mitigate the ad
verse effects of global warming and erosion at the Pan-African Village site.

Nana Gye Nyame, the President of the Pan-African Village and Rabbi Kohain Halevi, the Convener of the Diaspora Coalition, emphasised the symbolic significance of trees in representing the fertility of the Earth goddess, known as ‘Asaase Efua’ by the Akans.

They expressed delight in the tree planting exercise and pledged to ensure the proper care of the newly planted trees and promote the need for afforestation.

Ms Annabelle Mackenzie, a Director at the Beyond the Return Secretariat, underscored the importance of the tree planting initiative, stressing it did not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the Pan-African Village but also supported the government’s tree planting endeavour for greener Ghana.

The exercise, she indicated was part of Beyond Return’s corporate social responsibility towards the nation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parent must inculcate in their children the habit of telling the truth


Apostle Dr Kadmiel E.H. Agbelenyo, Leader and Founder of the Seventh Day Theocracy World Congregation has urged parents to train their wards to be trustworthy and God fearing.

He said truth and God fearing saved the life of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:1-13).

Apostle Dr Agbelenyo gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after a mid-week programme for the members at Shallom-Otiakrom near Aburi in the Eastern Region.

He said inculcating in the children the habit of telling the truth was essential to their growth to become responsible adults in future.

‘If couples were able to teach their children of telling the truth in addition to God-fearing they would overcome temptations because the truth is key to God-fearing.

‘Prophet Daniel maintained the truth with God fearing and was put into the lions’ den, the lions which were hungry for three days could not even touch him (Daniel 6:1-28),’ Apostle Dr Agbelenyo stated.

He called on church leaders to always preach the truth for the members and their c
hildren to become trustworthy and God-fearing.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Agona Nsaba Launches 2024 Akwambo festival in aid of social center


The Chiefs and people of Agona Nsaba in the Agona East District of the Central Region have unveiled their 2024 annual Akwambo festival with a call on the inhabitants to contribute their quota towards infrastructural and human development.

It is expected that an amount of GHS750,000 would be raised during this year’s festival on the theme: ” Good parenting, the key to family and community development to support self-help projects to give Agona Nsaba a facelift.

Addressing the gathering after the launch, the Omanhene of Agona Nsaba Traditional Area, Okeseku Afari Mintah III, called on the people to come home and support the development of the town.

” Building a prosperous Agona Nsaba by all inhabitants will be the greatest legacy for posterity,’ the Omanhene recounted.

Okeseku Afari Mintah said the inhabitants must endeavour to help in the transformation of infrastructural development and not rely solely on the central government for the provision of social amenities.

The Omanhene expressed concern about
the behaviour of some youths whose character inhibits social and economic development in the area.

He cautioned them against drug abuse, petty thievery, laziness, and others which were inimical to the growth of society and appealed to parents to take up their responsibilities to ensure the wellbeing of their children.

Nana Adjoah Nkansah Aduam III, Paramount Queen mother of the Area said the purpose of the Annual Akwambo festival, was to ensure the speedy implementation of developmental projects.

She therefore debunked the notion that the celebration of the festival was meant for idolatry or worshiping of deities as perceived by some people but was instituted by their forefathers to protect the lives of the inhabitants.

Nana Nkansah Aduam used the occasion to appeal to the inhabitants of the town to come home and support development projects initiated by Nanaanom to give Nsaba a facelift.

Mr George Kurankye, a retired Accountant, who chaired the launch, added his voice to the call on parents to take good
care of their children to enable them to become responsible adults.

He called on the residents of Agona Nsaba to give topmost priority to the town as far as developmental projects and transformation of human lives were concerned.

Programme of activities unveiled Akwambo festival which would commence with a ban on noise making on Sunday, October 9, is expected to be climaxed with a grand durbar on Saturday, November 2, 2024.

Nananom would sit in state to signify the beginning of 2024 Akwambo on Sunday, October 9.

There would be prayers and gospel music night by all citizens by the local council of churches, inter-school quiz or debate competition, installation and swearing-in of chiefs, football competition, and general clean-up exercises in the town by the citizens.

The rest are Women’s Day and cooking competition, purification of Nanaanom stools, health walk, football competition finals and a fund-raising dinner.

Dr Richard Kyereboah, co-Chairman of the 2024 Akwambo Planning Committee urged inhabitants
to pay GHS10.00 per male and GHS5.00 per female as levies to raise funds to complete the social centre.

Dr Kyereboah said the celebration of the festival was to reinforce unity among citizens of Nsaba and to encourage financial contributions by the inhabitants, corporate bodies, NGOs and philanthropists for the completion of the ongoing projects.

He hinted that it was also to mobilise the vibrant youth of the town for patriotism and rejection of destructive social vices for development to thrive.

Source: Ghana News Agency