Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has highlighted that there is still ban on tilapia importation in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning of Volta Catch Tilapia depot owned by Tropo Farms at Kasoa in the Central Region, the sector Minister stressed that anybody caught illegally importing tilapia into the country would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
She maintained that the country has potential for aquaculture development due to optimal environmental conditions such as good soil and temperature, availability of several water bodies, and high demand for fish locally.
Touching on Aquaculture promotion, Hawa Koomson said aquaculture development is an alternative to bridge the gap between demand and supply of fish, as the fisheries resources of the Marine and inland water bodies have been overexploited.
Hon. Koomson assured the company and all potential investors that government will continue to create the enabling environment for them to operate in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Marketing Manager of Tropo Farms Limited, Mr. Collins Amuah Badwah, said the Farms have persistently supplied Ghanaian market with quality and affordable tilapia for the past five (5) years and is currently the leading producer of tilapia in the West Africa sub-regions.
He added that, the farm adopts the highest operational, health and safety standards to ensure only the highest quality tilapia were supplied to consumers.
Mr. Badwah assured the Farms readiness to contribute significantly to aquaculture development in Ghana and the needed support from all stakeholders to make it dream a reality.
The depot is set to provide fresh, healthy and high-quality Tilapia to consumers in Kasoa and beyond.