Sopocam Fish Opens First Store to the Public

15 Variety of fishes were put on sale

15 Variety of fishes were put on sale

Sopocam Fish, a new chain cold store in Bamenda has officially opened its doors to the public. Situated at the Old Town neighbourhood, opposite MBOSCUDA, Sopocam Fish, the first of many to come was opened to business on Thursday October 15, 2015 with the sale of 15 varieties of fishes found in the local market.

“This is a welcome development in our neighbourhood, we used to buy fish and fresh meat from cold stores at the Food Market, Commercial Avenue or Nkwen, but now we can do it here” one of the first buyers Mme Asaitou Mariam said in Pidgin English. “Now we can save 200 or 300 frs used for transport for other items like salt, magi cubes or sugar” she added.

Similar expressions of joy were echoed by hundreds of others who flocked to buy or see for themselves. Amongst them were some popular roasted fish sellers in Bamenda town who had come from far off places like Nkwen, Ntarikon  and Up station.

Mami Adela, vice president of the association of Fish hawkers was full of satisfaction with the quality and state of fish sold. While promising to bring more of her members she advised the management of Sopocam Fish to maintain the same quality they have started with.

Buyers at the cunters

three varieties Maquereau were on sale

three  varieties Maquereau were on sale

three varieties Maquereau were on sale

Others like Nji Robert were cautious. “I want to see this continue for as long because the problem with fresh fish in Bamenda is that they easily get rotten and could be of serious health risk, let’s hope Sopocam continues like this”

Benedict Nugangha, an official with Sopocam Fish, told Bamenda Online “we registered 126 buyers/visitors today” He said sales were very encouraging and they have also listened and taken into considerations the needs of most of the customers. One of this he said was the demand by many for tilapia fish to be included in their stock.

Responding to some of the worries he said Sopocam Fish has put in place specialized cold trucks for speedy transportation of fish from Douala to Bamenda within 24 hours, beside they have a stand by 15000 KW generator to guarantee steady power supply to keep their stocks ever fresh.

Sopocam started operation with four varieties of maquereau fish, bars Breselien, coruina and pescadilla, sardine, stock, machioron, thon, silure (mud fish) and tilapia. According to Nugangha a kilo of fish varies from 700 FCFA for Sardine to 1300 FCFA for bars pescadilla. More variety he promised will be added in the days ahead to meet the demand of consumers.

Sopocam Fish has come into a market heavily dominated by Congelcam that owns fleets of cold stores in all major parts of Bamenda and across the major cities and town of the country.  The others cold stores are smaller and cannot challenge the dominance of Congelcam that owns over 85% of the fish market.

Rimchi Nelson, Supervisor at Sopocam Fish says they intend to make in roots into the market and into other towns of the Northwest where cold stores are still a dream. There is a huge market for fish in the Northwest region but many investors are timid to meet this demand as some still see meat as the mean source of protein. Sopocam Fish will challenge this belief and intends to create hundreds of job opportunities directly and indirectly when it carries out its expansion program.

Sopocam Fish is  found oat Old Town on the Sopo Ngwa Business Centre

Sopocam Fish is found oat Old Town on the Sopo Ngwa Business Centre

We don’t intend to put out small fish vendors out of business he said but will use them to build a network of vendors that will be supplied by our vast supply chain no matter where they are in the region.

Another innovation at Sopocam is the sale and supply of fresh ice for both commercial and domestic purposes.

Sopocam Fish is found at Old Town, in the heart of Bamenda directly opposite MBOSCUDA and is housed in the Sopo Ngwa Business Centre building.

By Abongwa Fozo