More than 300 artisan fish farmers in the Edo State have benefited from the distribution of subsidised fishing inputs introduced by the federal government to enhance the growth of the sector.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Agenebode Akeh, Udochi, Udaba-Ekperi, Ofukpo, Osemegbe, Illushi, Ifeku Island, Evbuarue-Nukpo, Gelegele, Oregbeni, Temboga, Ogbese and Olumoye communities all in the state.
The programme is run under the auspices of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme.
The Edo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Abdul Oroh, disclosed that the region was among the 27 states in Nigeria, including Federal Capital Territory that benefited from the Aquaculture Value Chain under the GES scheme.
According to him, it was the desire of both the state and federal government to ensure self-sufficiency in fish production and utilization in the country.
He said the programme would help to achieve the goal and objective for setting it up the scheme.
Oroh reiterated that only artisan’s fish farmers who registered for the scheme are benefiting from the input distribution exercise. The inputs include fishing canoes, sinkers, bundles of nets with accessories and marine rope.
Oroh instructed the fish farmers who have not registered for the GES scheme to do so.
“Registration involves biometric data capturing which would provide a national data base which is needed for planning and development of the fishery sub-sector,” he informed.