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The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has placed a ban on the importation of Tilapia and all ornamental fishes into the country.
The ban, according to the Ministry is to help prevent and control a newly emerging virus known as Tilapia Lake Virus.
A statement from the Ministry and signed by acting Chief Director, Prof. Francis K.E Nunoo on Wednesday June 27, 2018 said the virus which “cases have been reported across Africa, Asia and South America.”
The ban takes effect from July 1 to December 2018.
The Ministry has assured that it will follow up with capacity building and awareness creation programmes at different levels to farmers, hatchery operators, extension officers, and consumers and the general public to support the implementation of simple farm-level biosecurity programmes.
Below is the statement: