Tema fish mongers fight to restore tilapia appeal


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By
Lauida Sawer, GNA

Tema, Oct 20, GNA –
Fresh tilapia sellers at the Tema Community One market have assured residents
and their customers not to stop patronizing their fish as they will never sell
contaminated fish.

They told the Ghana
News Agency on Friday that patronage has diped following the circulation of a video
of large quantities of dead tilapia on a chinese farm at Asutuary in the
Shai

By
Lauida Sawer, GNA

Tema, Oct 20, GNA –
Fresh tilapia sellers at the Tema Community One market have assured residents
and their customers not to stop patronizing their fish as they will never sell
contaminated fish.

They told the Ghana
News Agency on Friday that patronage has diped following the circulation of a video
of large quantities of dead tilapia on a chinese farm at Asutuary in the
Shai-Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region.

The GNA observed that
most tilapia sellers at the fish market at Tema Community One were idle while a
few of them beckoned customers to buy.

Madam Ruby Ohui
Agbenyegah, a tilapia seller, said they were yet to sell a single fish as at
12:30 hours compared to other Fridays when people mostly bought the fish for
week-end dishes.

Madam Agbenyegah added
that customers had refused to buy their fish because they had seen the video
footage or heard of the poisoning of tilapia at fish farms at Asutuary.

She assured the public
that they took their orders from Asikuma and Pakadam therefore their fish was
not contaminated and indicated that fish that had died or contaminated could
easily be identified by customers.

Madam Salomey Acquaye,
another tilapia seller, also assured the public and called on the Food and
Drugs Authourity, Fisheries Commission and the Ministry of Fisheries and
Aquaculture to immediately investigate the cause of the death of the fishes and
deal with it to restore public trust.

Madam Acquaye however
suggested that she believed some strange water or chemicals might have gotten
into the habitat of the fish leading to the incident.

Madam Vida Aggrey, a
customer, said even though she had wanted to enjoy the local delicacy, banku
and tilapia, she was so confused and could not make up her mind on whether to
buy even though the seller had assured her of the wholesomeness of the fish.

At the Volta Catch
Tilapia distribution premises near Tema motorway roundabout, officials said
business was normal as customers were buying tilapia just like any other day.

GNA


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