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Farmers seek collaboration with research institutes for sustainable production



National president, Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), Mr Rotimi Oloye has called for the collaboration of Research Institutes in the country to boost fish production for local consumption and export.

In a press release in Ilorin, Oloye made the call in a press statement issued on today in Ilorin.

According to him, a well focused development of the fish industry would take Nigeria out of the current economic recession to economic prosperity.

Oloye added that collaboration with research institutes and relevant government agencies would result in massive production of local fish feeds that would serve as substitute to imported feeds.

“Fish farmers in the country are prepared to go into partnership with research institutes on inputs substitution.

“For instance, black soldier fly could be well packaged and preserved through such partnership and used as nutritious fish feeds that will enhance healthy development and multiplication of fishes in our ponds,” Oloye said.

Oloye said CAFAN planned to collaborate with government agencies as well for human capital development

“We will partner with local feed producers to get quality feeds at farmer friendly price.

“We will ensure adequate production of good and adequate volume of fresh fish for local consumption,” he said.

Oloye said CAFAN would ensure the entrenchment of value addition to its products with best management practices in the business of fish production.

“CAFAN believes that all hands must be on deck for Nigeria to become a global leader in fish production.

“Subsequently, we are ready to work with partners and other farmer’s groups in this respect.

“Sustainable development in the fishery sector is crucial to economic development and prosperity in the period of economic recession.

“The new leadership of CAFAN will lead the association to take business of fish production and development to the next level,” it said.

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