Crystal Lake Fish Limited is situated on the Volta Lake and is less than two hours drive from the International Airport in Accra and the main port at Tema. The business was founded by Patricia Safo and following lengthy negotiations, permission to construct the farm was finalised in 2001. Crystal Lake has the objective of producing high quality tilapia for local consumption and export. The business is also strongly committed to the social and economic development of the local community and this is one of its guiding principles.
Crystal Lake fish Limited is an award winning organization that has been recognized at the national level by the Government of Ghana for its contribution to the Aquaculture industry through the supply of fingerlings. Crystal Lake fish Limited won the best national fingerlings supplier in Ghana for 2 years, 2006 and 2011.
Crystal Lake Limited as a pioneer project has been used as a case study due to the uniqueness of the organization and the circumstances it has survived up till now. The company has been used as a case study by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the India Institute of Management Bangalore and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to come up with a syllabus in their Agribusiness programme.
It was the first Aquaculture Company to be established on the Volta Lake and Crystal Lake Limited has a female as the promoter.
Crystal Lake as an institution has gone through a number of turbulence like all pioneer projects. One key challenge among others was the Technical assistance went wrong at the implementation stages of the company and almost resulted in the company folding up.
The promoters of Crystal Lake believe in social impact and also safeguarding the environment against exploitation.
Crystal Lake is the first commercial farm on the Volta Lake and is situated in an economically deprived area with very limited facilities. It has the potential to create, directly and indirectly, over One Thousand (1000) jobs and will also provide an important model for sustainable development.
The business will go on to generate much needed export revenue and support local communities. It uses the natural resources of the region to produce feed and focuses on creating added value products. At the same time, it will be setting high standards and closely monitoring all aspects of the operation to minimise the impact on the environment.
The education and training programme is strongly focused on the key operational activities contributing to the success of the business. The objective is also to develop and promote local talent.
Where possible, the training will be carried out by the relevant on-site manager rather than a consultant on a short-term contract. This is very important in providing the support required in the first few years of operation.
It is therefore proposed that staff assessment is linked to training and personal development programmes, which will help identify individuals with the ability to move on to more senior positions.