Ghanaian tuna: school feeding must introduce tuna to the menu
Mr. Richester Nii Amarh Amarfio, Secretary of the Ghana Tuna Association (GTA), advocated for the inclusion of tuna in the daily menu of the Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP).
Mr Amarfio, supplying tuna to GSFP is a great idea, but it will require some form of managerial approach on repositioning, strengthening and effective delivery strategies and this requires detailed discussion by stakeholders.
He also urged Ghanaians to protect and support the fishing industry by developing a taste for tuna.
Mr Amarfio, who is also the COO of Laif Fisheries, told the “Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue,” which is a group platform of reflection on the media allowing commercial and commercial operators to communicate with the world.
He noted that it was necessary to have stakeholder engagement to revive the industry by taking stock.
He said: “In Mankodze, a lot of women sell tuna, we provide them with tuna to sell, so they contribute a lot to the daily activities of places like canning factories and women. who smoke fish and those who buy at the market ”.
Mr Amarfio said that although Ghana has enough tuna to feed the needs of the country and beyond, the European Union (EU) market remains the only hope for the survival of the industry.
“Europeans eat a lot of both raw and canned tuna, so the majority goes to the EU market,” he said.
Mr Amarfio added that “the creation of an internal market could also be a form of development of tuna dishes”, noting that “I have not seen hotels in Ghana use tuna in their dishes. apart from the canned ones they use for salads “.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, regional director of Tema of the GNA, for his part said, as an industrial pole, we have seen the need to involve industry players on national issues to educate the public.
“As an industry news hub, GNA-Tema has created a platform that industry players can use, that other stakeholders can proactively reach out to, while serving as a ground for addressing national issues,” did he declare.
He said it was common knowledge that a lot has happened at sea and in the fishing industry that the public needs more information about, hence the need to engage the GTA to shed light on its sector.
Mr. Ameeibor explained that the activities on the sea are one of the most dynamic but underestimated by the media. Therefore, the Agency has created a platform to provide stakeholders with an information channel to reach the world.
He noted that GNA-Tema’s office, dubbed the Industrial News Hub, seeks to fill the lack of ocean news, the need for better reporting on sea and fishing issues, as life at sea affects the means general livelihood of people like the level of fish consumption in the country was great.