Lagos State Government through the Ministry for Agriculture has empowered 40 youth fish farmers in Afowo community, Badagry Lagos State.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal during the empowerment of 40 youth fish farmers in the sea caging culture system in Afowo Community in Badagry, presented 40 Cages of 1,000 juvenile catfish per cage under the Cage Culture Project
He further explained why the state government is supporting Young Fish Farmers involved in sea cage farming system, noting that the method is cheaper, as it allows fish to be reared in their natural habitat.
Lawal stated that no fewer than 40,000 fishes would be harvested at the Afowo fish farm at the end of the 4- month rearing period and the System is one of the ways devised by the State Government to maximize the benefits of the abundance of water resources in the State which accounts for about 22 per cent of the State’s landmass.
“I am particularly happy and satisfied that the local community has shown her unflinching support for this initiative right from the installation stage. I am even more delighted that the cages were constructed with native material and the fish would be fed just like in concrete fish ponds,” the Commissioner averred.
He further noted that the caging project is a continuous one with farming sites in the riverine areas of the state including Eti-Osa, Ikorodu, Ojo and Epe local government areas.
Mrs Ladega Grace speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, applauded Governor Sanwo-Olu for approving the funds for the take-off of the fish cage and pen culture in Afowo, Badagry and assured that each of the beneficiaries would take due advantage of the empowerment to increase fish production in the community.