Fear grips Tilapia Consumers in Ghana as 18 tons of “Chinese tilapia ” die mysteriously Fear grips Tilapia Consumers in Ghana as 18 tons of “Chinese tilapia ” die mysteriously
There is fear among consumers of Tilapia in Ghana following mass tilapia death incident at a Chinese farm in Asutuare in the Greater Accra... Fear grips Tilapia Consumers in Ghana as 18 tons of “Chinese tilapia ” die mysteriously

There is fear among consumers of Tilapia in Ghana following mass tilapia death incident at a Chinese farm in Asutuare in the Greater Accra region .

The cause of the deaths is still under laboratory investigations at the Ghana Standards Authority.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture , Prof. F. K. E. Nunoo, however says the incident could be caused by a number of factors, including pollution, poisoning, and the lack of oxygen in the water in which they were being reared.

The Chinese-owned fish farming company – Fujian Farm has since been shut down while the dead fishes buried though report suggests many of the dead fishes were carried away by local fish sellers .

Section of fish sellers smuggling the dead fishes

There have been calls by some stakeholders for a ban to be placed on movement of Tilapia across the country to ensure that the unwholesome Fishes do not get onto the market.

Meanwhile ,the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Eastern Region says it has mounted 24 hour surveillance along the borders of the affected jurisdiction .

Ghana is struggling to meet its  huge fish production deficit of  over 600,000 metric tonnes annually.

Currently the country produces only 440,000 metric tonnes of fish annually instead of one million metric tonnes needed by fish consumers thus falling short by over 50 per cent.

This has given rise to Chinese taken advantage to engage in tilapia fish production on the Volta Lake using sometimes questionable technologies and methods .

Many Consumers of Tilapia keep complaining of the Sudden Change in Taste of tilapia being produced onto the market.

 

Source:enaghana.com/by Annor Obed