The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has told parliament that plans are “far advanced” to introduce automated fuel dispensing units at landing beaches to make pre-mix fuel product available for fishermen at all times.
Premix fuel has been in short supply since the beginning of the year, according to the Canoe and Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana (CaFGOAG), however the intervention by the sector ministry to roll out the automated fuel dispensing unit is expected to come as a relief to them.
Appearing before parliament to answer a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, Benjamin Narteh Ayiku, on steps being taken to ensure constant supply of pre-mix fuel to enhance fishing activities as a source of livelihood for fishermen.
She said “The tracking system currently in place allows regulators to monitor the transportation of product from the loading depot to designated locations to ensure the availability of the product at the landing beaches.
Plans are also far advanced to roll out the automated fuel dispensing units at the landing beaches to make the product available for fishermen at all times”.
Further she added, “the pre-mix fuel will not end up at the fuel station because we will be using condensate from Ghana Gas to prepare the pre-mix fuel, and I am not sure it can used in the vehicles. Cabinet has given approval, so the preparation is complete and very soon they will start using and by the time we start with the automation, this will also be rolled out”.
Available data reveal that in 2018, a total of 72,738,000 litres of pre-mix fuel was lifted from the Tema Oil Refinery.
Government, in November last year, announced plans to automate the distribution of premix fuel across all landing beaches in the country, to eliminate middlemen who hijack the distribution of the highly subsidized product.
Government has from 2014 to 2021, reportedly spent GHc 1.2bn as subsidy on premix fuel to cushion fishermen across the country.