The Ebonyi Government has urged fish farmers in the state to embrace modern packaging techniques to improve the value chain in the sub-sector.
Mr. Moses Nomeh, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, dropped the hint in Abakaliki during a meeting with the members of the Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria.
He informed that Ebonyi rice was being sold worldwide because of its modern packaging.
“We want an improvement in the packaging system of fish to boost the value chain”, he told the farmers. Stressing that poor packaging slows down business.
“In an open market, we want fish farmers to sell their fish using weigh scales. We also want them to improve their packaging so that we can sell the fish in other states of the country.
“We have ordered members of the Fisheries Cooperative Federation to inaugurate a committee that can identify farmers in all villages in the 13 local government areas of the state.
- Defence & Security
- Defense and Security
- Law & Justice
- Trending News
“Governor David Umahi is ready to support and improve fish farming business,’’ he informed.
The commissioner, who urged the farmers to be focused, described fish farming as a lucrative business.
Mr. Evaristus Nwefuru, Chairman of the Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria, Ebonyi Chapter, said that more than 2, 000 fish farmers had so far been registered in the state.
Nwefuru said that a cluster farm had been secured at EzzaMgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area for members in the 13 local government areas of the state.
Expressing his gratitude to the state government for providing a market for fish farmers, he said: “The market is going to be divided into sections, including smoking, packaging, scaling, adding that there would also be a section where seminars can be held for the farmers”.
Continuing, he revealed that the cooperative has engaged and inaugurated chairmen in the 13 LGAs.
“Right now, we are conducting data capturing, and identification of fish farmers in the villages.
“I believe with these measures, we will have enough fish for consumption and some surplus that can be exported ,’’ Nwefuru said.