Post-harvest losses for fisherfolks in Prampram and its environs is set to be a thing of the past as the Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, has directed the reopening of a 3-year-old non-functional cold store.
The cold store facility, located in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, was closed down in 2017 due to energy challenges. According to reports, the facility was shut down due to the inability of the facility to defray their accumulated energy tariffs.
The minister who toured the facility on Friday, March 21, 2020, said he could not fathom why such a facility that was constructed through a 7 million euro funding by the Spanish government had been rendered redundant.
Given this, the ministry has expressed its readiness to provide the fishing folks in the area of the necessary assistance to ensure the facility is back on its feet.
He emphasized that due to the challenges faced earlier, the ministry will layout flexible terms of payment of energy tariffs to curb any possible future occurrence of the earlier problem which led to the shutdown of the facility.
“A cold room facility that has been shut down for about three years now as a result of energy [has been reactivated]. Yesterday we directed the reopening of the facility and we are here to see how the project is functioning. This serves quite a larger community, especially, our fisherfolks and if for these 3 years they unable to store their fish at the time that is needed, it diminishes their income,” the minister explained to ABC News after the tour.
Expressing their delight and gratitude to President Akufo-Addo and Energy Minister, the National President for the Inshore Fisheries Association, Nii Armah noted that the refurbishment will help deal with their post-harvest losses, a menace they have been grappling with since the facility was shut down.
“This facility was [constructed] because of post-harvest losses and the main aim of the Spanish government giving this to Ghana is to make sure that the fishermen have some comfort when they go to sea. Because when we go to see, we have to bring fresh fish for you and me to enjoy. One thing is also very important, we are going to get our monies [back] as fishermen,” he said.
Nii Armah Joseph Quaye, who doubles as the Interim Management Committee chairman disclosed that with the intervention of the president and the minister, the facility will be fully operational within the next 7 years.
“We have given ourselves the next seven days, by the next seven days it will be operational,” Nii Armah told ABC News.
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