Apr 06, 2013 at 2:59pm
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture visits some fishing areas in Tema
The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Nanor Bilijoe has visited some fishing areas in the Tema Region to familiarize himself with their operations.
This is his maiden visit to Tema since he assumed office.
Some of the areas he visited include the Tema Canoe Beach, Pioneer Food Cannery, Cosmo Seafood Cannery, the Fishing Processors Association and the Fisheries Commission Aquaculture.
Mr. Bilijoe pledged to work together with stakeholders in the fisheries industry to attract more investors to the sector.
He noted that as President, John Dramani Mahama, has revised the Fisheries Ministry to add Aquaculture, all stakeholders must be on board to sustain it.
At the Tema Canoe Beach, Mr. Bilijoe commended the fish mongers for their hard work and said they should always ensure to keep the place clean to prevent contamination of their fish.
He called on the fisher folks to desist from light fishing; urging the Landing Beach Committees to disburse the pre-mix fuel accordingly and desist from its mismanagement.
The Queen Mother of the fish mongers, Abo Korkor complained that the toilet facilities at the Landing Beach Site are not enough to serve the needs of the fisher folks; adding that they also need a resting place at the smoking facility center. She appealed to the Minister to initiate a scholarship scheme for their children to assist parents to educate their wards.
At the Pioneer Food Cannery, the Minister urged Management to brand their products in a unique way to boost sales at the international market.
He said since the export market has become very competitive, the Company must adopt to modern market techniques to stay in business.