FISHMONGERS at the Weija Dam site in the Ga South municipality, have bemoaned the current energy crisis, saying it is collapsing their business.
They said most of them were incurring huge debts, while others had simply given up on the trade.
Speaking in an interview with The Ghanaian Times on Friday, the fishmongers said most cold stores in the area lacked generators to preserve their fish power outage.
“This fish (tilapia) needs ice to prevent it from going bad but because these cold stores solely depend on ECG for power, when the lights go off for a long time, the fish goes bad and we have to throw them away,”they said.
According to them waiting to buy the fish from fishermen and preparing them for sale took long hours and they had no option than to keep them in the cold stores to sell later.
“The fishermen start returning from sea by 7am. We buy the fish and we have to remove the scales and take out all the faeces before we take them to the market. We could sometimes get to the markets as late as 3pm and can’t sell enough so we keep them in the cold stores,” a trader explained.
Some of the markets where they ply their trade include Kaneshie, Dome, Mallam, Ashiaman, Agbogbloshie and Malata markets.
Madam Peace Ankrah, leader of the fishmongers, said most of the women who hitherto engaged in fish selling had stopped because of the losses they incurred.
She cited Kaneshie market as the main hub of the business and expressed worry that “none of the cold stores at the market had plants to preserve fish when lights go out”.
Madam Felicia Zavu, who sells at the Kaneshie market, said previously consumers bought fish in large quantities to store in their fridges, but because of the current situation, they hardly patronise the tilapia.
Mr. Mawutor Abgenaglo, leader of the fishermen appealed to government to reduce prices of fishing inputs.
“The cost of a yard of fishing net is GH¢400 and you need to buy a whole bundle for fishing, including other materials like led and ropes which you can use for maximum, three years.”
By Abigail Annoh