Catfish reproduction process is not chemically induced – Association
The Catfish and Allied Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) on Tuesday refuted the allegation that the reproduction process of the catfish breed was chemically induced.
The President of the associations, Mr Rotimi Oloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the reproduction process was naturally done.
Oloye explained that the female reproductive system took longer time to mature, making it to require stress-free process of taking in the male pituitary.
The pituitary is found just below the skull, at the base of the brain in humans and as well as fish.
The association president said “when it is reproduction time, the female is examined to know if the eggs are mature for reproduction.
“If the female is okay, it is taken to a place specially prepared for the injection process. This injection process can be prepared by the farmer.
“The process involves taking the pituitary from the male, getting it finely grinded and preserved in mentholated spirit.
“Then, at the appropriate proportion, after checking the weight of the female, draw what is required and inject into the female; it is like trying to woo a girl.
“After using the pituitary to inject the female, the system of the female will come up and be ready for production.”
He said that if left to produce naturally, it would take a longer time, noting that “if
we wait for that, we will not get enough for our present population and that is why we induce them to boost their population.”
Oloye also said that what was used was not genetically modified, explaining that “it
was part of what God created naturally in the male that was taken.”
He, therefore, called for the consumption of catfish and other locally cultured fish for a healthy nation.