A Fisheries Officer, Emmanuel Ohene Marfo has urged Fish Farmers to routinely check on their water temperature, salinity, oxygen and PH in their quest to reduce fish mortality rate.
Speaking during an interaction with fish farmers in Tarkwa-Nsuem district in the Western Region from 3rd-4th January, 2018, he advised farmers to ensure that the temperature ranges from 23-30 degrees, the PH level must also range from 7.5 – 9.5 degrees, and the oxygen should be 6-8mg/l.
He called on fish farmers to make the most of the extension services delivered by the various fisheries officers across the country. Mr. Marfo indicated that fisheries officers have been equipped with the requisite skills and resources to assist farmers in checking the quality of water in their ponds. He thanked the World Bank-funded West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP) for supporting the trainings for fisheries officers in addition to providing water testing kits for their extension work.
Mr. Marfo also took farmers to two different farms, Kpemble Ventures at Tarkwa and Nyameye Farms at Nsuaem, where he conducted water quality tests. He provided on-farm trainings and provided farmers the opportunity to share more insight and lessons on formulation and feeding of fish feed. He also entreated farmers to ensure an average of 30 – 50% protein in feed given their fingerlings. This he said will as well as enhance the growth of their businesses. He then advised fish farmers to effectively accurate record keeping.
John Kpemli of Kpembli Ventures commended Mr. Marfo for his dedication and regular extension visits and urged the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project to continue with the facilitation of his extension delivery.