Fishermen urge govt. to buy modern facilities to boost fish production
Some fishermen in Hadejia, Jigawa, have called on government to buy modern fishery equipment to encourage production and processing of fishery products in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A cross section of fishermen, who made the call in Hadejia on Tuesday in an interview NAN, noted that the introduction of modern preservation facilities would reduce wastages and end scarcity of fishery products.
Malam Halliru Buba, a fish dealer, said that there was a significant decrease in the supply of fish to the market due to low harvest.
Buba said that the trend resulted in hikes in fish prices amid growing demands of the product.
“There is a significant decrease in fish harvest occasioned by the cold weather and typher grass, which outgrew and ravaged Hadejia River.
“The drop in the supply push prices up, usually fish harvest is low at this season of the year,’’ he said.
Also commenting, Ali Aji, a fisherman, called for the provision of modern fishing equipment to encourage production.
Aji noted that fishermen relied on traditional tools for fishing despite the difficult and hard sailing conditions of the river.
He also attributed the scarcity to wastages recorded by fishermen due to lack of preservation facilities.
Aji stressed the need for the provision of modern fishing and preservation equipment to fishermen, to encourage production and processing of hygienic fish.
“The condition of the river requires modern boats, canoes and nets to enable fishermen to make good harvest.”
He also commended the Hadejia Local Government for the construction of stalls at the fish market in the area, adding that the gesture would encourage trading activities.
NAN reports that Hadejia is a major fish trading centre in the North West zone, as various species of fish such as fresh and dried ones are transported to other parts of the country.
Also, there was a high population of fishermen in the area due to the availability of fish and aquatic species at the Hadejia River.