Fifty fish mongers within the Ablekuma West constituency in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday received financial support and equipment from the Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
The equipment, according to Mrs. Ekuful is to boost their fishing business to earn income to supplement their livelihood.
“I will continuously support your business but I think it’s time, we diversify the fishing business to earn more income and also avert the communities from depending solely on the fishing industry” Mrs. Ekuful told the cheering fishmongers.
The fishmongers were thankful to the Member of Parliament for the assistance and said it would go a long way to economically empower women in the area.
They bemoaned the significant role of women in Ghanaian fisheries yet their contributions to the sector are often overlooked by policy makers.
According to the women, one of the major obstacles facing their business is limited access to the financial services that are available to men.
“Men who catch fish can take advantage of subsidies for fuel, nets and boat motors, but women who sell fish enjoy no such assistance” – they lamented.
cc:Ursula Owusu Ekuful