By fatima Muraina
Ondo State Government has concluded arrangements to commence the training of 400 youths in fish farming at Epe in Ondo East Local government area of the state.
Disclosing this is the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture and Agric Business, Mr Akin Olotu in an interview with journalists in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
He said the COVID-19 challenges had truncated the training and the youths were disengaged back to their respective homes to come later after the pandemic.
The government Aide noted that the 100 ponds at the location were rehabilitated to target job creation through Agro business and as a job sustaining creation for the youths.
” The plan is to stock each pond with 1,000 juveniles to make up a 100,000 juveniles for the 100 ponds established at the fish site”
” The youths who will work as a cooperative body after their training, will undergo theoretical and practical training on the farm and would be thought how to hatch, and raise fishes to table size, ” he explained.
According to him, the state is targeting 1.8 kilogrammes per fish size for a period of five months.
He said the state is in partnership with one of its banks and the CBN to ensure that the programme is sustained to make it a permanent job while government will work on how to market the product.
His words:” Our plan is to have a particular location in Abuja and Lagos where we can take processed fish and other agricultural produce for better patronage”,he said.
Olotu who disclosed that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has given approval for establishing a Farmers’ market at the central zone of the state, said a big market that will serve as a regional market would also be established so that most of the agricultural products will be moved to the market on regular basis.
He added that government intends to power the market using information Communications Technology (ICT) to enable people living outside the market location have access to the products.