Fish farmers in the country under the umbrella of National Fish Association (NFA) are soliciting for the financial support of Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and other financing institutions in an effort to increased quality fish production thereby creating wealth as well as improving Nigeria ‘s revenue.
Speaking at the Association’s election held in Abuja, the newly elected Secretary General, Sanusi Maikudi lamented that the fish business was not generating as much revenue for both participates and government as it should due to issues of funding which results to low quality harvest at low quantity.
Maikudi said the Association has been trying to access funding from BOA but the processes have been difficult.
“Accessing funding has remained our key challenge, we were told by Bank of Agriculture to organize ourselves, so we are organizing ourselves to go back to the bank to see whether we will be able to get money from them this time around”.
He said fish farmers has solved lot problems for the Nigeria youths through time engagement and job creation.
“Through this farming, we have reduced the number of our youths that would have been involved in militancy or terrorism to economic contributors in the society “.
Maikudi said with the support of government and the private sector, Nigeria will exist from countries that import fish. “We hope to achieve wealth creation through agriculture particularly in fish farming through quality products that will serve here and also be exported “.
Sarah Ujah, a member of the association expressed gratitude that the election was a success and hoped that the new Executive would do more in attracting finances to the members.