Ogun Government Boosts Fish Farming11 April 2012
NIGERIA - In an effort to reduce the importation of fish and boost the agricultural sector in Ogun, the state government has commenced the rehabilitation of three state-owned farms.
“I have expressed my displeasure at the money spent annually on the importation of frozen fish into the country,” the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ayo Olubori told DailyTimes.
“Nigeria has the capacity to produce fish to meet the demands of her citizens, as well as for exportation. I strongly believe that if all States give more attention to aquaculture, importation of frozen fish into the country will be a thing of the past.”
When completed, the farms are expected to produce 29 tons of species, such as Clarias, Tilapia and Heterotis annually, and also provide support for the beneficiaries of the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) through the production of fish fingerlings and establishment of fish farm inputs outlet for easy access by fish farmers across the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, Ayodele Koleade, explained that the work being done included the rehabilitation of reservoirs and ponds to allow for all-year fish culturing, establishment of brood stock bank, purchase and installation of fish feed pellet machines, as well as modern smoking kilns for value addition to fish produced on the farms.
The Director of Fisheries in the Ministry, Kunle Ajayi, expressed hope that the resuscitation of the farm would encourage private sector participation in fish farming and thus contribute greatly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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