Gombe govt. to produce 2m fingerlings annually for fish farmers
The Gombe State Government has assured fish farmers in the state that its hatchery, when completed, is capable of producing two million fingerlings for them annually.
Mr David Jidda, the Director of Fisheries, Gombe state Ministry of Water Resources, gave the assurance in an interview in Gombe on Monday.
He said the hatchery would begin production before the end of the year.
According to him, the hatchery is solely intended for the production of cat fish.
Jidda, who noted that some private farmers were currently producing fingerlings in the state, said that the quantity was, nonetheless, insufficient for the fish farmers.
“When completed, the high demand for fingerlings would be a thing of the past. Our fish farmers will no longer be travelling to faraway places like Ibadan and Lagos to buy fingerlings.
“At the government hatchery, the price of the fingerlings will be cheaper and the quality would also be perfect,” he said.
Jidda appealed to fish farmers and those planning to engage in fish farming in the state to avail themselves of the opportunity and visit the Ministry of Water Resources for technical advice.
“When you come to the ministry, technical advice is free; therefore, make use of the opportunity,” he said.
He also said the state government had a functional fish feeds factory which was producing feeds for sale to fish farmers.