Sokoto boost fish farming with N20 million loans

By Musa Gada, Sokotp 

 

Fishing facilities worth N20 million were yesterday donated to 140 fish farmers in Kware local government of Sokoto state by governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. 

 

Tambuwal who inaugurated the distribution of the items to the beneficiaries in Kware town, headquarters of the local government said the gesture was part of his administration’s commitment ?to the responsive revival of agriculture in the state.

 

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the  State Government, Professor Bashir Garba noted that the state was endowed with tremendous water resources which ifk fully harnessed would boost fish production in commercial quantity 

 

According to the governor, “Doing so is key to diversifying our oil-revenues dependent economy now, hence, reduce poverty and create more employment opportunities to

the people of the state.

 

” Shortage of domestic fish supplies led to the heavy dependence on exports, and the emphasis on oil revenues had put Nigeria on the brink,” he added.

 

In the same vein, Tambuwal said the gesture will enhance and stimulate the supply of proteins to the people of the state, as such, boost their health

status.

 

However, the governor lamented the alarming rate of food insecurity in the nation, promising to ensure that laws are enacted to punish abuse of

the state’s water resources.

 

He further urged the beneficiaries to use the donated items judiciously, and desist from selling them.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries Development, Alhaji Tukur Alkali said that each of the 140 beneficiaries was given one 2000-liter fish tank, 300 fish juveniles and nine bags o assorted feed feeds.

 

He explained that the beneficiaries had been trained on modern fish farming practices and entrepreneurship skills, while they would be linked with the Bank of Agriculture, adding that “a conditional grant scheme is being proposed for married women fish farmers’ associations.

 

” The ministry had also taken formidable measures to ensure the effective use of the donated items by the beneficiaries.”

 

In their remarks,  District Head of Kware, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar and the acting Chairman in the area, Alhaji Yahaya Kamarawa commended the gesture by the state government, saying that it would enhance food

 

self-sufficiency while Aliyu Mohammed, spokesman of the beneficiaries said they would make judicious use of the items and vowed not to sell them.

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