The Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Kingsley Francis Ato Codjoe on March 21, 2018, cut sod to begin the construction of 250 Ahoto ovens for fish processors across the nation.
Hon. Kingsley Francis Ato Codjoe during the ceremony in James Town, said the introduction of this improved type of fish smoking oven is a great milestone which is going to help in reducing the level of smoke during fish processing, reduce the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) levels in smoked fish and consequently open access to more Ghanaians in the export of fish to the European and other international markets.
He added, ‘‘Government is concerned about the barriers like high PAH level which limits our fish exporters from accessing the world market. The construction of these ovens across the coastal regions of Ghana will bring about a significant improvement in the health of fish consumers as fish smoked on Ahoto ovens are free from carcinogens.’’
Fish processors and traders present at the ceremony thanked the Ministry for the introduction and called on all processors to embrace and adopt this new technology.