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Fishermen in Apam 'cry' over irregular supply of pre-mix fuel

Fishermen at Apam needed at least 12,000 gallons of premix fuel every week to solve the situation but they could manage with 9,000.

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Fishermen at Apam and its surrounding communities in the central region are aggrieved that the irregular supply of prefix fuel was negatively affecting their livelihood.

According to them, the huge deficit of the product in the area was kicking many out of business as they were unable to fish in the deep seas for a good catch.

Apam has a very vast fishing community and has to share its premix allocation with other surrounding fishing towns; hence the 3,000 gallons supply weekly to them was woefully inadequate.

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Mr Amos Appiah, 2016 Gomoa West District Best Fisherman, at a press conference on Friday alleged that the premix fuel committee kept half the community's consignment to themselves and their associates leaving many of the fishermen without the fuel.

He further alleged that some members of the premix committee sold the commodity at exorbitant prices to fishermen who had no choice than to buy them at such high prices.

 

According to Mr Appiah, fishermen at Apam needed at least 12,000 gallons of premix fuel every week to solve the situation but they could manage with 9,000.

Explaining further the precarious situation fishermen go through at Apam, Ebusuapayin Kojo Mensah, linguist of the Apam Chief Fisherman said the product was traded like "cocaine" at the beach, adding that fishermen had to struggle to get it.

Some of the fishermen according to report by the GNA stated that the situation sometimes compelled them to resort to petrol and engine oil at a higher cost.

The fishermen also complained about unavailability of outboard motors saying, for almost two years now, they had not been supplied with outboard motors.

"Many of the canoes here cannot go to the sea because they have problems with their outboard motors and they cannot get some to buy.

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"Even after we have gone to deposit over GH¢17,000 at Japan Motors, it will take  two to three Months before they supply them to us because outboard motors have become scarce," they said

"We all have families and we cannot stop working. It will be difficult for us to cater for our families if we do not go to the sea. Government must listen to our plight and help us," they added.

They therefore appealed to the Government to as a matter of urgency, increase the pre-mix fuel allocation and get them other fishing input to enable them stay in business.

Credit: GNA

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