As part of measures to alleviate poverty and tackle unemployment, the federal government has reiterated its readiness to partner Ogun State in the growth of fisheries in the country to create wealth distribution.
The minister of state for Agriculture and Rural development, Heineken Lokpobiri stated this while inaugurating four projects built by the ministry in Eriwe, Ijebu-Ode.
Lokpobiri said the projects which include a feed mill, cold room, fish market and the processing unit, are all intended to make the estate a real fish farming cluster where the farmers will fully appropriate all the advantages of fish farming value chain.
According to him, the Eriwe fish farms, which has over 3,000 fish ponds scattered over an estimated 156 hecters of land area, with an average fish farming production turnover of about 2,500 metric tonnes annually and income generation of about N2 billion annually, is the biggest fish farming estate in Africa.
“Government is particularly interested in Ogun State because, if agriculture succeeds in Ogun, it has succeeded in Nigeria,” he said. The minister commended the efforts of the Eriwe community in fish farming, which he noted, has assisted the government grow the fishery sector in Nigeria.
He said, with the successes recorded in fishing, the people of Eriwe community have begun to diversify into other agricultural projects, like, poultry and piggery which they have also acquired land outside the estate for cocoa plantation.
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