November 23, 2017

Lagos moves to raise fish production

Lagos moves to raise fish production... NAIJA INVEST

Lagos State government plans to increase fish production to eliminate poverty and raise the people’s nutrient intake,Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope–Adefulire said.

Speaking during the artisanal fishing inputs delivery service programme for fishermen in Badagry, Mrs Orelope Adefulire, who spoke through the Commissioner for Rural Development, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi , said the estimated yearly consumption of fish in the state is 260,000 tonnes but farmers can only produce 130,000 tonnes.

She said Lagos is working to create an opportunity to produce additional fish and improve the income of fish farmers and fishermen.

The Deputy Governor said the government was ready to invest in fishermen to strengthen the sector and increase domestic production.

According to her, small-scale fishermen who wish to continue artisanal fishing will also be able to invest in new facilities, equipment and boat renovation.

With the fishing plan, she said the government plans to lift many fishing families out of poverty.

She said the Artisanal Fisheries Project would improve income,contribute to employment generation and improve food security of artisanal fishermen families.

These will be achieved through assisting artisanal fisheries development by providing production inputs for fisheries activities,promoting improved methods for processing and commercialisation of fish, monitoring and evaluation of accessible fish resources to artisanal fishery activities.

Twelve cooperatives got fisheries equipment and materials. Commissioner of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal said fisheries resources were among the most significant natural endowments of the state.

Lagos moves to raise fish production... NAIJA INVEST

Lagos moves to raise fish production… NAIJA INVEST

Tthe state,he said, had a fisheries landscape, including rivers, swamps and floodplains all of which are critical habitats, breeding and nursery grounds for fish and suitable sites for fish farming. He said each benefitting fishermen cooperative society will be given two units of outboard engines(40hp) ,bundles of fishing nets and gears,and two units of fishing canoes.

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