FISH producing giants, Tropo Farms has announced plans to engage more distributors from as many districts as possible before the end of this year to sell tilapia to the public, as part of its market expansion drive.
Mr. Joshua Bosoka, Finance Director of the company said that the company already had more than 1000 salesmen and women in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, adding that “we now want to make impact in other parts of the country as well”.
Conducting The Ghanaian Times round the farm at Mpakadam by the Volta Lake in the Eastern Region, Mr. Bosoka stated that with an average daily catch of about 30 tonnes, Tropo Farms, and its distribution arm, Volta Catch, had also created jobs for hundreds of other people who used the gills and other inedible parts of the fish to process edible oil.
According to him, Tropo Farms – the largest fish producer in West Africa also had about 700 employees working as carpenters, plumbers, net menders, feeders, masons and post-harvest operatives.
To facilitate the delivery of the fish, Tropo Farms had graded the eight-kilometre road from Apegusu to the Mpakadam and another three-kilometre stretch in the area, said Mr. Bosoka.
He revealed that Tropo Farms had spent, about GHS200, 000 on road construction and maintenance this year and gave the assurance that prospects for the tilapia market were very bright.
The company, he said, had adequate cages built boats locally to ensure a constant and uninterrupted supply of fish to the public.
To ensure communication between the factory and distributors, Tropo Farms was working around the clock to improve cellar networks in the area, the finance director said.
“We are liaising with the two service providers to erect masts here very soon,” said Mr. Bosoka.
From Alberto Mario Noretti,Mpakadam