As­so­ci­a­tion urges youth to start fish farm­ing

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Chair­man of Cat­fish Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAFAN), Mr. Olawale Ta­judeen, has urged youths to take in­ter­est in fish farm­ing, de­scrib­ing it as a lu­cra­tive busi­ness.

He stated this while ad­dress­ing news­men shortly af­ter a team of the Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment vis­ited Kwara State to as­sess the im­pact of the govern­ment’s Growth En­hance­ment Sup­port scheme for fish farm­ers re­cently.

The chair­man said mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion have the ca­pac­ity to meet the coun­try’s fish de­mand and stop im­por­ta­tion of fish in the coun­try.

He, how­ever, called on the Federal Govern­ment to in­crease the level of its sup­port to fish farm­ers to boost their ca­pac­ity to meet the deficit in the na­tion’s fish re­quire­ments.

It would be re­called that un­der the Federal Govern­ment’s Growth En­hance­ment Sup­port (GES) scheme, each of the 760 farm­ers who ben­e­fit­ted in the state got 500 ju­ve­niles free of charge while five bags of feed were sold to them at 50 per cent sub­sidised price.

Ta­judeen ob­served that though the GES scheme has im­pacted on fish farm­ers as dis­cov­ered dur­ing a re­cent as­sess­ment tour of the state, the scheme should be made a quar­terly project to bring in more farm­ers.

He also called on govern­ment to re­duce the cost of feed by mak­ing them to pay 25 per cent in­stead of the 50 per cent cur­rently paid.

The chair­man urged the youth to show in­ter­est in fish farm­ing which he de­scribed as a lu­cra­tive busi­ness ca­pa­ble of sur­mount­ing un­em­ploy­ment chal­lenge.

Also speak­ing, Mr. Lawal Ade­mola of the Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment stressed govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to em­pow­er­ing lo­cal fish farm­ers to in­crease avail­abil­ity of fish and pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity for the youths.

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