The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFaD) has presented 20 artisanal insulated containers to the National Fish Processors and Traders Association (NAFPTA), for distribution to fish processors.


The insulated containers are expected to help control post-harvest losses and ensure safe and quality fish for consumers.


The containers will be distributed to fish processing sites at Tema 1 (Maame Nfante), Tema 2 (Awonoga), Moree, Sekondi, Apam, Winneba, Mumford, Ckokomey/Bortianor, Kokrobite, Elmina, Keta and Ketu.


The idea of artisanal insulated containers is collaboration between MoFaD, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP).


Speaking at the ceremony to formally hand over the containers at Tema Manhean , yesterday,  Mrs Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, lauded the initiative for the benefits it would bring to fish processors.


She charged fish processors to promote personal hygiene practices including hand washing before starting work, before handling food, when hands are dirty, before and after eating their own food, and after going to the toilet.


She disclosed that the ministry would soon introduce a type of oven that would remove unwanted chemicals from the fish during processing.


Mrs Quaye stressed the need for a hygienic handling of fish, from the time it is landed, through processing to the consumer as well as ensure that the small quantity of fish landed did not go waste due to bad handling practices.



She said the hygienic handling of fish would make it exportable for foreign exchange and pledged the support of the ministry in arranging soft loans for fish processors to improve their fishing activities. She urged fishermen to stop illegal fishing in order to ensure improvement in fish stocks.



Meanwhile, the Fisheries Minister has promised an investigation into the alleged robbery and extortion of money from fishermen at sea.


Hon. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, Deputy Minister for Transport, Member of Parliament for Tema West and chairman for the occasion, used the opportunity to present some street lights to the fish processors at the Tema site to help improve upon their security, especially at night.


Hon. Glover assured them that he had also alerted the Ghana Police Service to keep a close watch and patrol the area regularly to ensure their safety at all times.


In a statement, Madam Regina Solomon, President of NAFPTA, expressed gratitude for the ministry’s gesture in helping to improve the activities of fish processors.


Source: ISD (Eva Ntiamoah-Baidoo)