BAN ON TILAPIA AND ORNAMENTAL IMPORTS

BAN ON TILAPIA AND ORNAMENTAL IMPORTS

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PRESS RELEASE ON TILAPIA LAKE VIRUS (TiLV)

BAN ON TILAPIA AND ORNAMENTAL IMPORTS

Tilapia Lake Virus is a newly emerging virus that is associated with significant mortalities in farmed Tilapia. The attention of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Ghana (MoFAD) has been drawn to the fact that cases have been reported across Africa, Asia and South America that the virus represents a huge risk to the global tilapia industry

This means all countries should be vigilant and act quickly to investigate cases of mortalities in farms.

In line with this, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is with this release placing a BAN on the import of all ornamental fishes and tilapia species (live and dead) including gametes-eggs and milt into the country effect from 1″ July to 31″ December 2018

The ban is one of the immediate actions being taken by the Ministry to help prevent and control the virus since its treatment is not known.

The Ministry will follow up with capacity building and awareness creation programs at different levels to farmers, hatchery operators, extension officers, and consumers and the general public to support implementation or simple farm level biosecurity programs.

Consumers and stakeholders are therefore advised to report any issues arising or related to this issue to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development. The Ministry will also update the public on any new developments on this in due time.

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