Birnin Kebbi – The National Association of Fish Farmers in Kebbi State says it will partner with the state SURE-P on the establishment of fingerlings production centre and packaging of fish after harvest.
The Chairman, Alhaji Hussaini Raha, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday that the partnership would enhance commercial fish production.
He said the association would also partner with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research, New Bussa, on the management of fish farms.
Raha said that an update of the membership records revealed 12,050 members located in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza, Bagudo, Shanga, Yauri and Ngaski local government areas, producing tilapia and catfish.
According to him, the association has also registered 9,000 artisans and 300 cooperative societies.
He said that the association would strive to meet international standard in the production of smoked and fresh fish.
The association would also upgrade from artisan level of fish farming to modern and commercial level that would be economical and environment friendly”.
He denied allegations that the state government was not assisting fish farmers, stressing that the government had been assisting the union with feeds, fingerlings and other accessories.
He applauded the state government for the new agriculture policy that would facilitate the association’s access feed, fingerlings, fishing nets, kiln for drying the fish and storage facilities.
He said the association would ensure that fish farming emerged a major employer of labour with a view to boosting food production and ending poverty.