Association to collaborate with research institutes to boost fish production
Mr Rotimi Oloye, newly elected National President, Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), says the association will collaborate with research institutes in the country to boost fish production for local consumption and export.
Oloye told the News Agency of Nieria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday that a well focused development of the fish industry would take Nigeria out of the current economic recession to economic prosperity.
He said 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.
“We will partner with research institutes on inputs substitution.
“For instance, black soldier fly can 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.
He noted that CAFAN planned to collaborate with government agencies for human capital development as well.
“We will partner with local feed producers to get quality feed at farmer-friendly price.
“We will ensure adequate production of good and adequate volume of fresh fish for local consumption,” Oloye said.
The CAFAN president, who assumed office in February, 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 groups in this respect.
“Sustainable development in the fishery sector is key to economic development and prosperity in the period of economic recession.
“The new leadership of CAFAN will lead the association to take practice of fish production and development to the next level,” Oloye said.