Minister assures fishermen of regular premix supply

FishermenMr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, has assured fishermen of regular supply of premix fuel for fishing expedition during the major season.

He said Government was aware that the major fishing season was drawing near and had made the necessary arrangement for the supply of fuel to prevent shortage.

“We do not expect shortages of the fuel during the season,” Mr Quansah said when addressing a group of fishermen, who called on him at his office in Accra on Monday.

Mr Quansah, who is Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, advised the fishermen to desist from smuggling the fuel which had been heavily subsidised to other countries.

He cautioned those responsible for the sale of the product to guard against diversion, hoarding and selling at exorbitant prices.

Mr Quansah urged them to sell the fuel at the approved price of GH¢2.70 and warned that any landing beach member found engaging in malpractices would have his membership revoked.

He expressed disappointment about the persistent use of unauthorised methods for fishing, which he said had led to the dwindling of marine resources.

Mr Quansah said the fishermen were not getting catches as they used to during the major season, and attributed the poor catch to the bad fishing practices they had adopted adding that “please let us make fishing a lucrative job”.

Source: GNA

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