The Youths of Idemili South Local Government Area (IdSLGA) have been urged to embrace fishery and its value chain as a way out of poverty, depression and crime.
The numerous economic benefits of fishery were expounded recently during the inaugural poverty alleviation symposium organized by Idemili South chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) at IdSLGA Secretariat, Ojoto.
Speaking at the event themed ‘Localizing the Industry, the main way out of poverty in the modern economy’ the IdSLGA NYCN Chairman, Comrade Chukwuemeka Uzochukwu lamented that over 50 percent of fish consumed in Anambra were imported.
Uzochukwu, a fish farming expert said that most youths languish in poverty which may lead to crime or depression because they refuse to maximize their potentials with opportunities within their environment.
“The greatest business of life is thinking. You can’t be what you can’t think. If you cannot convert your environment for use to settle your needs, you will hardly come out of poverty”.
“We import icefish from Chile and Niger state, stock fish from Norway, dry fish from Lake Chad, fresh fish from Ibadan, even pepper from Cameroun. These things can be produced here”.
“Let’s think and work. Singapore export feces to Thailand in exchange for food. Food is something that does not lack market. Engage in any of the fishery value chain”, said Uzochukwu.
The Facilitator and Secretary, Catfish and Allied farmers Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter, Snr. Comrade Okezie Ohalete discussed the fishery value chains saying that one can start with little capital.
Ohalete mentioned five Fishery value chain. ”They include: Brood stocks production which is the parent fishes where eggs are extracted; then the Hatching which is the production of fingerlings (infant fishes).
“Also, we have the Out grower production which is growing fingerlings into full grown edible fishes; Another stage is processing (smoking, drying,) and packaging before the final stage of Marketing”, he said.
Ohalete harped on the need for forming co-operatives and knowing people involved at different stages of the production to know where to purchase or sell your produce.
He informed them of the various opportunities where one as a registered small, medium enterprise (SME) could access funds to expand one’s business.
“As you form Co-operatives, we have packages in Bank of Agriculture (BOA), bank of Industries (BOI), Ministry of Agriculture, Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA), Central bank of Nigeria(CBN)” Ohalete said.
Meanwhile, the IdSLGA, Director of Department of State Security service (DSS), Mr. Mark Ebby advised the youths to embrace the positive knowledge at their disposal urging them never to consider committing suicide as an option.
Speaking on the effects of suicide on National Security, he urged youths never to lose hope but believe they can start from little to greatness. He told them to avoid peer pressure and control their emotions.
More so, IdSLGA, Youths &Sports Officer, Ministry of Youths and Creative Economy Mr. Maduka Okoye praised the leaders of NYCN for embarking on such an initiative saying that State government will support any industrious youth.
pics: NYCN FacILITATOR Ohalete Okezie addressing the youths
pics L-R:IdSLGA, Youths&Sports Officer, Mr. Maduka Okoye, IdSLGA, Director of Department of State Security service(DSS), Mr. Mark Ebby, IdSLGA NYCN Chairman, Comrade Chukwuemeka Uzochukwu