Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has donated a modern Fish Processing Centre to Kado Fish Market, Abuja.
The FAO Country Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, said the donation was part of FAO’s contribution to the development of fish value chain in Nigeria.
The project was initiated and implemented in partnership with the Federal Government and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The modern fish processing centre is equipped with three sets of Thiaroye Smoking Kiln Facility capable of processing over 300 tonnes of high quality dry fish daily
The Permanent Secretary FCTA, Chinyeaka Ohaa, in his address commended FAO for providing the fish processing facility for the benefit of the people of the territory.
He said that the FCTA in collaboration with the FAO had trained fish processors and fabricators on the new FAO-Thiaroye Technique Fish Smoking Kiln Technology.
“A total of 90 fish operators and 10 fabricators were trained to manage and operate the smoking kiln facilities here in the FCT.
“Today we are here to witness the handing over of the facilities to the FCT Administration and its formal commissioning.
“This project is part of the FAO’s Youth Empowerment in Aquaculture Programme targeting millions of youths in Africa as a way of eradicating hunger in the continent,” he said.
Mr Chukwuemeka Ibe, the Director, Admin and Finance, Agric and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA said that fish provides high quality protein and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals needed for sustenance.
He, however, said that in most developing countries including Nigeria, about 30 to 50 per cent of harvested fish were being wasted due to poor handling.
He said that fish spoils easily after harvest due to high tropical temperatures which accelerates the activities of bacteria, enzymes and chemical oxidation of fat in fish.