COVID-19: EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON GHANA’S AQUACULTURE SECTOR.
The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected every activity and the sectors across the globe. As it stands now the global confirmed cases of the pandemic are 3,694 000 with over 255 000 deaths. Ghana was hit with the pandemic early this year with 2719 confirmed cases with 18 deaths as of 5th April 2020.
To mitigate the spread of the virus in Ghana, the President of the Republic, early this year issued some directives. These include the closure of borders, social distancing, the prohibition of public gathering, and partial lockdown at the Greater Accra Region, Kasoa, and Ashanti Region.
Although it is too early to ascertain the full economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are many indications showing a downtrend, especially in the agriculture sector.
According to research, protein helps in metabolism by providing structural support and by acting as enzymes and hormones in the body which plays an important role in recovering from Covid-19 which emanates from agriculture.
To the aquaculture, an industry in agriculture has had its bite from the pandemic. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Chamber of Aquaculture, Jacob Adzikah, demand for fresh tilapia and catfish has dropped significantly due to earlier locked down of Accra and Kumasi, restrictions imposed on tourism, closure of restaurants and social distancing policy introduced by the government.