Ghana’s Tilapia is safe- Fisheries Ministry

By Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Oct 24, GNA – Mrs Elizabeth Afoley
Quaye, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, says tilapia in Ghana is
wholesome for public consumption and so there was no need to abandon the fish,
which is a delicacy for most Ghanaians. 

She said the recent Fujian Farm tilapia death
that occurred in Asutuare in the Shai OsuDoku District of the Greater Accra
Region was farm specific, which had been taken care of with the dead fishes
buried deep, amidst police surveillance on the farm and around the area.

“I want to assure the general public that this
is a farm specific problem, it hasn’t happened on any other farm apart from the
Fujian farm and that farm has been closed down.

“So I want to assure the general public that
tilapia in Ghana is wholesome and we can consume tilapia from other recognized
sources. We shouldn’t be afraid,” Mrs Quaye said.

 Speaking to the GNA on the sideline of the
signing of the Anti-Child Labour and Trafficking Strategy Document developed by
the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture for the fisheries sector in Ghana on
Tuesday, Mrs Quaye said Ghana was still waiting for the results taken from
samples of the dead fish, the feed they consumed and water source from the farm
for testing, which was expected to be ready in two weeks time.

She said the farm had been condoled off at the
moment.   

About 20 tonnes of tilapia fishes were
reported dead on the Fujian Farms last Monday as pictures kept circulating in
the public.

Meanwhile, Mr Carl Fiati, Head of Natural
Resource Division at the Environmental Protection Agency, has reassured the
public that EPA officials together with the NADMO officers had inspected the
Fujian farm and had made sure that the fishes had been deeply buried while
surveillance were mounted to prevent people from  digging up the fishes.

He discounted the rumour that the tilapia on
that farm died out of poisoning, and indicated that the housekeeping on the
farm was not “too good” and so there could be other factors contributing to the
death, adding that “we need to wait for the lab result in a fortnight”.

He however advised the public to look out for
bright red gills of fishes they bought on the market to be sure that they were
consuming wholesome fish.

“People should avoid fishes with grey or dark
gills,” he advised. 

GNA

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