Delta state has expressed its commitment to boost fish production.
Julius Egbedi, Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said this while declaring open a two-day workshop for fish farmers tagged, “Fisher Folks Training”.
The workshop was organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with Delta Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (DARDA), Ibusa.
“It is unfortunate that we are still importing ‘iced Fish’, even when we are into both aquaculture and artesian fish farming.
“Fish farming is an interesting aspect of agriculture and the state government will always support our farmers by creating an environment that will make it possible for you to produce enough for local consumption.
“We shall assist you to have maximum production, create wealth for yourselves and jobs for others, but you must be committed to this training and put it into practice to grow the state economy and that of the country.”
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, represented by the state Director in the ministry, Felix Kehis, said the training would offer farmers the opportunity to explore the fish value chain and create wealth from fish farming as a business.
He expressed the hope that the farmers would become better informed at the end of the training.
Dickson Oki, who spoke on behalf of other participants, lauded the government for initiating such programmes and pledged their commitment to the training and fish production as a business.
He, however, called for government’s funding and more training to sustain the programme and grow it to meet international production standard.
“This training will no doubt empower the youths and reduce restiveness and cultism, but I want the government to also expand the programme to cover more youths in the state,” he said.
The training, which was initially slated for 50 youths, had no fewer than 100 persons in attendance.