The Ogun state government has advised fish farmers to embark on programmes aimed at reducing importation of fish in Nigeria.
The Director of Fisheries Services, Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Adekunle Ajayi , gave the advice at a lecture organised by the Catfish and Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFFAN), Ogun State Chapter.
During the lecture is titled : ” Actualising the Calculative Factors in Profitable Fish Farming”, Ajayi, said the mass farming among fish farmers would help to produce sufficient fish to feed the nation.
He added that it would encourage export in order to generate foreign exchange and generate employment.
“Fish farmers coming together as one body will help move the fish production from the present level to an higher level. It will also assist in identifying factors for improvement and incukcate among them the factors which will harnesss them for more profitable fish farming.
“Stakeholders in fish farming should join groups like CAFFAN for them to utilise any opportunity being offered at both national and state levels, ” he said.
The National President (CAFFAN) , Mr Rotimi Oloye, said the initiative behind the programme was to bring together all fish farmers in Ogun under a formal group called (CAFFANOGUN)
“We are now one and united as a formal group, we have all gathered to recognise ourselves an indivisible groups of fish farmers.The main reason for having CAFFAN is to do better than what we have done, it is also a natural platform through which all fish farmers and government set goals will be achieved, ” he said.
He however, implored all members to see the coming of the platform as the next stage for success and accomplishment.