Group Trains 80 Youths, Women On Fish Farming In Nasarawa
From Ajegena Manga
Hasanta Integrated Farm Enterprise, an agro allied organisation on Thursday began free training of 80 youths and women in Nasarawa State on fish farming value chain to ensure self reliance.
Speaking at the opening in Lafia, Hawa Salifu, Chief Executive Officer of the company, said the training was also aimed at exposing beneficiaries to creating wealth and job opportunities for other.
Salifu noted that the training was organised in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Nasarawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
According to her, a follow up platform, will be created at the end of the training, for the beneficiaries to be monitored, guided and share relevant information about loans and grants for their benefit.
“The training is in the area of owning and managing fish farms, pond, feed production, how to hatch fingerling and barbeque.
“The training also exposes beneficiaries to other aspects of fish farm value chain, in order to be self sufficient,” she said.
Mrs Aisha Ibrahim, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Hauwa Ogah, described the training as timely.
Ibrahim assured that the ministry would continue to partner organisations and individuals to empower the vulnerable groups in the state.
“The training is timely, especially now that government is pursuing a deliberate policy to stimulate growth and diversity in the economy. There is no doubt about the capacity of women and youths to attain government laudable aspiration,” she said.
Also, Mr Nuhu Ushafu,
Commissioner for Agriculture, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Juda Attah, commended the organisers for the initiative, noting that if sustained, would boost fish feed production, as well as food security in the state.
Mr Lucky Yargwa, Commissioner for Youths and Sport Development, charged the beneficiaries to take the training seriously.
He lauded the organisers and pledged partnership in subsequent trainings, to develop the capacity of youths in the state.