Nigerian politician and a businessman, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki have distributed over 370,000 fingerlings to farmers in seven clusters across Edo State.
Obaseki who is currently serving as the Executive Governor of Edo State distributes the fingerlings under the state government’s agripreneur programme, as part of deliberate policies by the His led administration aimed at ensuring food security and wealth creation.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry, and Food
Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie, who disclosed this to
journalists in Benin City, said the farmers are clustered in different
locations in the state, including Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor local
He noted that the Obaseki-led government has made a lot of progress in building the capacity of farmers to contribute to the state’s economy.
Adding that “The state government’s ongoing investments in the agriculture sector are designed to spur agribusiness, agro-processing and other agro-allied sectors in the state. We’re putting mechanisms in place to help boost food production and create wealth by training farmers and supporting them to contribute efficiently to the state’s economy.”
Okojie said some of the fish farmers, who were grouped in clusters,
received as much as 100, 000 fingerlings, noting that some of these clusters include the Agricultural Development Agency (ADP) catfish farm for Libya Returnees, 100,000; Ute, 70,000; Temboga, 100,000, and the Iyekoyi fish farm, 100,000, among others.
Highlighting some projects for the fish farmers, Okojie said: “Over
100 Fish ponds (Tarpulin vats) have been constructed including other production infrastructure and equipment such as water boreholes, electrical generators for 50,000 catfish production enterprise with 70mt (fresh weight) of fish expected.”