The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology (FCFMT), Lagos, has trained 150 Women and youth in fish farming.
Dr. Chuks Onuoha, Deputy Provost, Administration urged the participants at the closing ceremony of the College’s Empowerment and Training of Women and Youths in Aquaculture to embrace fish farming.
Participants at the empowerment programme held in Lagos were drawn from Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Edo States.
According to him, the training is designed to ensure the participants make their livelihood from any aspect of fish farming of their choice.
”We have 150 participants selected by each Federal Constituencies from Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Edo States for this training in Lagos.
It is a Nigerian government initiative aimed at ensuring that citizens have the basic skills to go into fish farming production.
The College handles the training on behalf of the government.
The training is done either at the States or here in the College,” he said.
Onuoha said that after the training, the College followed up on the participants and monitor their progress.
Dr. Olukayode Olubiyi, Senior Lecturer on Aquaculture at the College, said the participants have options to invest in different aspect of fish farming.
”The investment opportunities in fish farming are in the area of Fish Seed, Food fish, BroodStock, Ornament Fish and Fish Feed productions.
It depends on you to specialise in any of them which will make you comfortable and boost your earnings,” he said
Olubiyi said that engaging in fish farming is far better than driving Okada or Keke, which did not add to their intellectual development and economy of the nation.
The training was in line with the Nigerian government’s policy on food security, self-sustenance, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition and empowerment for the citizenry.
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