NFAN urges youths to embrace fish farming business, devices for grants


By Victor Nwegede

Southeast Vice President of National Fish Association of Nigeria, NFAN,  Mr. Patrick Ifeanachor Mba, has urged youths across the country to join in the business of fish farming to become self-reliants, saying that the trade can easily boost their financial muscles.


Mr. Mba gave this advice on Thursday at Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki where he had a meeting with the members of NFAN, Ebonyi State Chapter on how to further advance fish production in the state. 

The Vice President advised the stakeholders of the association in the state to never relent in their efforts to advance fish farming business owing to his view that fish industries are in tandem to 'money and rich economic investment'.

Hear him: "I want to tell the stakeholders of this association about fish farming business, to discuss a way forward. If one talks about fish farming, he supposed to talk about money. Fish has many value-chains and everybody is advised to be involved. It will help the people to get to another level, because it offers self-employment to many especially the youths. Indeed, it has greater possibility of giving employment to the youths of this state and Nigeria at large. In considering our economy, the fish itself, is another money. It doesn't take much to start fish farming business.  Young youths should embrace fish farming. It is not only doing fish farming but to see it as a business for money making, and a better way for our livelihoods in our society." 

He added: "There is an institute of agriculture, and as one enrolls into the business of farming, the need to be trained for advancement and productivity should be his or her priority. It will give the fish farmers the basic knowledge about fishery. It is a different place where our farms can be cultured and join together, to produce our local breeds. This means the school of fishery and hopefully, such school will be brought to Ebonyi State. 

Also speaking, the state Financial Secretary of NAFAN, Elder Mrs. Mabel Edeh Junior said, the association has a strong plan to continue boosting fish industries in Ebonyi.

"We have plans and very strong fish industries, believing that Ebonyi will look like other advanced countries in producing fishes soon", she said.

Mrs. Edeh encouraged others to join in the business, by choosing one fish value chains or the other with patience and persistence to attract a better productivity in the state.

She alongside other NFAN members in the state, expressed optimistism that all the fish value chains will be in Ebonyi State in no distant time, calling for government's assistance through grants to enable them funding their fish farms for a commendable expansion and a bounty supply in the market.


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