Mr Julius Egbedi, Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, has reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to boost fish production in the state.
Egbedi said this on Wednesday, 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.
He assured the trainees of the state government’s readiness to provide the enabling environment to enable them to produce enough fish to meet local demand and export.
According to the commissioner, “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.”
Egbedi charged the farmers to explore other funding opportunities to grow their business, particularly the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans for farmers.
He said that the CBN loan was a revolving one, adding that the commitment to repay would encourage government to do more so that more funds would be made available to other farmers in the country.
He said that the private sector had been identified to be the driver of any economy in the world. He therefore advised the participants to ensure that they met the expectations of government, which had committed the resources to train them.
The commissioner thanked the federal government for committing resources to train the farmers in the state and solicited more collaboration in other areas.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, represented by the state Director in the ministry, Mr 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.
He said that the federal government particularly targeted the youths in order to empower them, with a view to reducing unemployment and restiveness in society.
Mr 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.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the training, which was initially slated for 50 youths, had no fewer than 100 persons in attendance.
- Customs boss seeks separate budget for staff college
- ICT bedrock of any sub specialty, says Kebbi first lady
- NIDCOM condemns attack on Amaechi in Spain
- Kubwa Traffic: FCTA task team to close Gwarinpa U-turn
- Ahead of institute’s convocation, alumni call for improved attention to tourism
- Gov. Sule sets up committee on implementation of minimum wage
- Onu advocates inclusion of innovation in educational curriculum
- Tunisia foils illegal immigration attempt
- FG reaffirms commitment to establishing National Policy on Nanotechnology
- FCCPC to enforce passenger insurance on fleet operators
- Gov. Obaseki signs N179.2bn Appropriation Bill for Edo
- Nigerian Customs not afraid to take bold decisions
- TETFund retrieves N10bn from non-performing institutions
- Budget: We’re poised to exercise our constitutional mandate–Zamfara Speaker
- Police deploy new CP to Adamawa for LG Election
- Buratai tasks officers on improvement on current successes
- Agency begins taxpayer engagement to enhance revenue collection – Chairman
- Boko Haram abducts 18 in Cameroon’s Far North region
- Emir seeks abolition of GRA in llorin
- Apapa 72 hours road closure: FG seeks understanding for construction works
- EFCC nabs 4 suspects over alleged fraudulent business in Sokoto, Kebbi states
- Gov. Sule, Al-Makura deny friction over alleged inherited debts
- 40 youths receive N7.5m grant from IITA, AfricaRice project
- Zambia says plans to re-launch national airline active
- NSE moves 197.04m shares worth N3.53bn in bearish trading
- Yuletide: FRSC warns drivers against overloading, speeding in Sokoto
- Kwara Customs Command takes anti-smuggling campaign to border communities
- FCT minister lauds sharia court for being responsive
- AOT Lagos 1.0: Tech entrepreneurs advise startups on business sustainability
- Mental wellbeing is an inalienable right of every Nigerian – NGO
- NAF trains 3,629 personnel to meet Nigeria’s dynamic security challenges
- Lawyers call for abrogation of laws granting ex-governors pension
- Erosion prevention: Stakeholders seek national soil policy
- NIMASA’ll collaborate with other agencies to drive the transport sector – Peterside
- Train: Commuters laud FG’s investment, urge sustenance
- Port Harcourt varsity ASUU wants closed secretariat reopened
- 124 bag first class as OAU graduates 7,209
- 14 killed in rebel attack in Congo
- Shell pledges to implement NOSDRA’s directive on N2.74 remediation of spill site
- 8 die and 80,000 displace in Uganda flooding and landslides
- Gov. Buni swears-in 20 commissioners, special advisers
- Nigeria records slight reduction in corruption prevalence in 2019′ — NBS
- NIMASA boss advises transport institute on transformation of sector
- FG committed to establishment of ECOWAS Central Bank–Finance minister
- El-Rufai urges patronage of army’s defence hardware
- Traffic law enforcement: LASTMA set to track violators with mobile device
- Rape : 6 Lagelu Grammar School students denied bail
- NCCE boss, varsity VC bag 2019 campus safety leadership impact award
- $2.2trn global economy lost to illicit trade –Analyst
- NCWD donates 100 laptops to deaf women, female artisans