Ibadan – Participants receiving training in fish farming organised by the West African Productivity Programme (WAPP) in Ibadan on Wednesday urged the Federal and State governments to encourage fish farming business in the country.
The training organised in collaboration with the Department of Aquaculture and Fishery Management, University of Ibadan, was aimed at training Nigerians to make career from fish farming.
One of the participants, Mr Segun Oke, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ibadan, said that aquaculture was a business most Nigerians needed to show more interest because of its profitability.
He called on retirees and those preparing for retirement to embrace fish farming to boost their income.
“I decided to come to the training in order to plan for my retirement, I heard about the programme through WAPP.
“The programme would serve as a way out for most unemployed Nigerians seeking for employment, and would also reduce poverty in Nigerian,” Oke said.
Another participant, Mrs Agatha Odoeke, an Agronomist, urged more youths to participate in such training that would help them in broadening their knowledge and income.
“I cannot quantify what I have learnt here because it had been so inspiring and I hope to start my own business and train other youths in my community in Enugu State.
“I advise youths seeking white collar jobs to join the league of fish farmers and they would not regret as it was tasking but also rewarding,” she said.
Another participant, Mr Isah Auwalu, representing Fadama farmers from Kano state, said that he hopes to continue with the fish farming, stressing that the business was profitable and interesting.
Isah, also a rice farmer, told NAN that fish farming business was a eye opener and another opportunity in farming.
According to him, after the training he would impact the knowledge obtained on people in his community in Kano State.
“I believe I will succeed in the business but as a rice farmer, I will combine fish farming with rice farming to make a better living,” Isah said.
Mr Friday Oso, the resource person and lecturer at the University of Ibadan, said that the participants have been cooperating and hard working.
He explained that fishing was a sustainable business in Nigeria.
Oso urged members of the public, particularly the unemployed, to embrace fish farming, saying that they will never regret going into it. (NAN)