Maritime school, lawmaker train 50 Ebonyi youths on fish production
The Federal School of Fisheries and Marine Technology Lagos in conjunction with a lawmaker, Linus Okorie has commenced training of 50 Ebonyi youths on fish production.
Okorie, who is member representing Ohaozara /Onicha/ Ivo federal constituency, also doubles as House Chairman on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions.
He explained that the participating youths were drawn from Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency adding that aim is to empower the youths and make them self-employed.
The Youths are to receive training on how to grow consumable fish and also on how to produce different types of feeds.
Declaring the training open, Okorie told the participants that the training was meant to enable them apply the knowledge in creating wealth for themselves.
He said: “The country is changing and people need to eat. The country should produce what it eats and eat what it produces. Importation of fish is telling on the economy and now the government says we must feed ourselves.
“Even if we have all the food, we still need the safest protein which is fish. Since we produce considerable quantity of food in Ebonyi State, we are going to complement it with fish production so that we can attain self sufficiency.”
Okorie urged the trainees to share the knowledge from the training with others so that the state could boast of having enough fish farmers.
“Our plan is not just to train you but to imbibe in you so that you become masters in fish production, because we have plans for food chain that includes marketing of the products.
“We need to build local capacity on fish production, it will be followed with fish driers and we will create value chain which will bring about jobs for hundreds in fish business,” said Okorie.
He urged them to ensure they form themselves into cooperative groups, which he said would give them additional support such as loan facilities for greater fish production.