Fish Farming: As a part of measures to alleviate poverty and deal with unemployment, the federal government has reiterated its readiness to work with the Ogun State government in the development of fisheries within the nation to create wealth distribution.
The minister of state for Agriculture and Rural development, Heineken Lokpobiri said this during the inauguration of 4 projects built by the ministry in Eriwe, Ijebu-Ode.
Lokpobiri mentioned the initiatives which include a feed mill, chilly room, fish market and the processing unit, are all meant to make the estate an actual fish farming cluster where the farmers will fully appropriate all the benefits of fish farming value chain.
He also stated that, the Eriwe fish farms, which has over 3,000 fish ponds scattered over an estimated 156 hecters of land space, with an average fish farming production turnover of about 2,500 metric tonnes yearly and earnings generation of about N2 billion yearly, is the largest fish farming estate in Africa.
“Government is especially fascinated by Ogun State as a result of, if agriculture succeeds in Ogun, it has succeeded in Nigeria,” he mentioned. The minister acknowledged the efforts of the Eriwe neighborhood in fish farming, which he admitted, has assisted the federal government develop the fishery sector in Nigeria.
He mentioned, with the successes recorded in fishing, the people of Eriwe neighborhood have begun to diversify into different agricultural projects, like, poultry and piggery which they’ve additionally acquired land outside the estate for cocoa plantation. He added that the neighborhood additionally has one other project principally for rubber which they’ve entered into agreement with Michelin who will provide the seedlings and in addition purchase again the end product.
“When the current administration took over, the production of fish was solely about 600,000 metric tons, however with the help of the likes of the Eriwe neighborhood, that figure has multiplied to about 1.1 million metric tons which represents virtually 100 per cent increment.
“There may be nonetheless quite a bit to be carried out as a result of our nationwide demand which is about 3.5 million metric tons and we’re producing about 1.1 million metric tons, which signifies that we’re solely producing about one third of our nationwide demand,” he affirmed.