Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Tono (UE), Jan. 13,
GNA – Fishermen and women at Tono in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the
Upper East Region on Monday appealed to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aqua
Culture to support them with outboard motors to enable them increase their
“For now we are
using the man-power, paddling to move the canoes on the water and it is not
helping us to improve our work, so we are appealing to the Ministry, through
the Municipal Assembly to provide us with motors that would help us to move
faster and expand our area of operations to increase our catch,” the fishermen
operate on the Tono Irrigation Dam, which covers two districts, the
Kassena-Nankana Municipality and the Kassena-Nankana West District and is used
for both irrigation and fish farming by communities surrounding it.
Kuyiamoh, the Tax Force Officer on the Dam and the 2018 Award Winner for Best
Fisherman in the Upper East Region, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency
at Tono on behalf of the fishers said, they were not able to get more catch due
to their inability to cover the entire dam.
Mr Kuyiamoh said one
fisherman needed about five hours to access the centre of the dam using the
paddle to move the canoe on the water and that made it tedious and difficult
“With the outboard
motors we will be able to cover a larger area and increase our earnings and
that would help us contribute our quota to national development,” he said.
Mr Kuyiamoh also
appealed to the government to help them access loans from the banks to buy
canoes as their old ones were too weak and could fall apart during fishing
A canoe cost about
GH¢1,200.00 to GH¢2,000.00, depending on the type of wood used to build it.
He said the Tono Dam
was a big contributor of fish in the Region and produced high quality fish for
the market, “there are about seven types of fishes in the dam, including small
and large Tilapia, Mudfish and ‘Gear box’ or ‘helicopter fish’ among others”.
Mr Kuyiamoh said
fishing was the major source of employment for many people in the communities
surrounding the dam and called on the government to support the people to work
and improve their livelihood.
He said apart from
their inability to expand their operations, some environmental challenges
including the weather and heavy prolonged rains also interfered in their
working activities every year.
“During the cold
harmattan weather, we usually get low catch, so for now we do not get much but
that will change in March when the weather is warm and the fishes come out,” he
Mr Kuyiamaoh urged
stakeholders and management of the Dam to pay regular attention to its
maintenance as the damage on the spill way by floods last year cost fishermen
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