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WAAPP Seeks Youth’s Interest In Fish Farming

Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a bid to stimulate the interest of Nigerian youths in fish farming, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), in collaboration with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB),  have donated two earthen ponds and one deep well to a secondary school, Egba Comprehensive High School in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to Professor Akin Omotayo, WAAPP-FUNAAB Coordinator, the initiative was aimed at re-orientating farmers and stimulating agricultural enterprises among the populace, in order to enhance food sufficiency through improved technologies and information dissemination.

Charging the School management, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and the alumni in ensuring the sustainability and multiplication of the project, he said the initiative was deliberately targeted at youths, particularly secondary school students who are still agile and more receptive to emerging technologies. Professor Omotayo commended the enthusiasm with which the school embraced the project and promised that it would further assist in providing fish smoking kiln to aid processing, value addition and encourage entrepreneurship.

Professor Victor Olowe, Director, Agricultural Media Resource and Extension Centre (AMREC), lauded the cooperation and zeal demonstrated by the school and admonished members of staff and students to keep up the spirit, noting that youth participation in agriculture was key to combating hunger in the country.

He reiterated his optimism that the presence of representatives of the PTA and the old students of the school at the event was positive and would guaranty the sustainability of the project.

Mr. Kehinde Dixon, Principal of the School, appreciated WAAPP-FUNAAB for the donation, noting that the intervention would strengthen the agricultural curricula of secondary schools, as well as nurture the students to be future entrepreneurs.

The Old Students’ Association, represented by an alumnus and staff of FUNAAB, Mr. Nurudeen Maku, also promised to provide the School with a pumping machine to facilitate regular water flow from the deep well to the earthen ponds.

High-point of the Field Day was the demonstration of fish cropping using a drag net.

The biggest fish harvested from the pond weighed 3.8 kg, while harvested fishes were sold to interested buyers at the occasion.