The Ministry of Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development is taking steps to issue automated cards to fishermen in the country for the purchase of premix fuel for their operation.
The Minister of Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development, Hon Mavis Hawa Koomson made this known in Parliament when he answered some questions in the House.
She said the introduction of the automated cards to fishermen to purchase premix fuel will help make access to premix fuel to fishermen more effective.
"The provision of the automated fuel dispensing and monitoring system would complement the already existing strategies being implemented by the government to address the shortages, and the challenges associated with the allocation and distribution of premix fuel," the Minister disclosed.
She explained that the automated fuel dispensing system consist of control units and fuel level sensors, adding that it also utilised the card system, where every canoe owner would be given a unique card for purchasing premix.
"By this, we will be able to weed out impersonators and people who do not need the premix, ensuring that only canoe owners get access in order to save the government money and also bring comfort to fishermen," Hon Koomson added.
She also said the Ministry will be distributing approved fishing nets to fishers in the country.
Source: Emmanuel Akorli/Peace Fm Parliamentary Correspondent
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