Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria Commends Governor Sule For The Payment of N88m IFAD Counterpart Fund
Fisheries Cooperative of Nigeria Limited has applauded the Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule for the prompt payment of the International Fund For Agriculture counterpart fund to the tune of N88,000,000m.
The chairman of the Association, Hon. Mohammed Bashir Umar disclosed this when they paid a courtesy call to the state commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resource, Professor Otaki Allahnana at the ministry
Bashir said the swift intervention of the state governor, Abdullahi Sule for the settlement of N88,000,000m gave room for the participation in value chain development program for small farmers in the state.
The Association further applauded the holistic policy initiated by the ministry especially the development stride creating a favorable environment for investors.
Hon. Mohammed Bashir Umar said forty percent of the population in Nasarawa state are actively fish farmers, feed processors, marketers, boat builders, gear dealers across the thirteen Local Governments of the state.
He however said the Association would work closely with the governor at all times for the overall development of the state.
According to him, “We as an Association since inception are working with the state government and the Department of Fisheries and Agriculture to ensure that Nasarawa state becomes one amongst the states that have comparative advantages by creating awareness about the effect of water pollution and consumption of poisonous fish”.
Adding that the state participates in various International and National Agric exhibitions ranging from African fish submit 2005 in Abuja, World food day, Northern Nigeria Agric submit with the potentials both inland water and Aquaculture.
The Chairman solicited for support from both Federal and state governments to provide tractors, harvesters, rice milling machines, cassava processing machines,fertilizer, livestock and animal husbandry at a subsidized rate.
He also sued for Youth empowerment through the provision of credit facilities and equipment in the crop and livestock sub-sector.
“It is not a crime for the government at the state level to provide pond construction equipment, fishing net, motorized fishing boat, outbound engines, fish cages, smoking kilns, fish feed milling machines, cold room, deep freezers, improved fish seed, and broodstock, It is not a crime to set aside N100m as a credit facility to the Association”.
“With our blessed natural endowment, Nasarawa state can achieve self-reliance in domestic fish production, with good policy and incentives the state can stop fish importation and became sufficient in revenue generation and can attract more investors to key into fisheries and Aquaculture”.
Hon.Muhammed Bashir Umar to the honorable and his management to consider the plight of the Association which he listed to includes
To support the effort of a fisheries cooperative in the state by involving the Association in their fisheries and Aquaculture Development plan
To encourage donor agencies to invest in the fisheries sector
To renovates the state abandon fish pond and lease it out to the organization for proper use.
To build a modern cold room, fish processing, and preservation center, and hatchery production unit.
The state ministry of agriculture should increase its annual aquaculture and fisheries budgetary allocation to boost fish production in the state.
To establish new fisheries laws, regulations, and enforcement so as to discourage the high rate of obnoxious fisheries practices.
The ministry should support the state fisheries cooperative with logistics whenever the need arises and also to participate in the national and state fisheries exhibition hence it is meant to expose and promote the fisheries sector of the state as a partner in progress.
The commissioner while responding commended the Association for the visit, saying the visit was timely especially at a time the governor is making frantic effort to touch the lives of the people.
Stating that the mission of Engineer Abdullahi Sule’s administration is for building an enviable fortress that would accommodate all and sundry.
Professor Otaki Allanana said in the 2020 budget the provision for a loan to fish farmers was not captured but said the ministry would consider that in the 2021 budget.
He however buttressed that the ministry of Agriculture will assist in linking the Association with the apex bank to access soft loans to its members.
Professor Allanana averred that the state government would make provision for the establishment of a fish market in the state capital.