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Lagos state govt. trains 120 fish farmers in cage culture — commissioner

The Lagos State Government has commenced a three-day capacity building programme on Fish Cage Culture System for 120 women and youths in Afowo Community, Owode-Apa kingdom in Badagry area of the state.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Abisola Olusanya who stated this on Tuesday, in Lagos, said that the initiative aimed at boosting local fish production by an additional 162 tons of fish per annum.

Olasanya noted that the initiative would also create over 100 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs for cage construction workers, marketers, equipment and input suppliers.

She added that the state government would further empower additional 80 women and youth in the cage culture system of fishing in the community after the training.

The commissioner disclosed that the beneficiaries would be provided with fish juveniles, bags of fish feed, medication and allowance for four months, in addition to the 40 youth that were previously empowered in the same community in 2019.

According to her, the capacity building programme will expose participants to the rudiments of fish cage construction, stocking and management which would help them properly manage their fishing systems when they begin.

“The state government in a bid to upscale fish production and create jobs for 80 women and youth is implementing the Cage Culture Project in Afowo Community, Owode-Apa Kingdom, Badagry.

Olusanya said that the capacity building programme would involve a combination of theoretical and practical sessions, with the practical sessions spanning the period of the fish cage construction which begins immediately after the theory sessions. (NAN)

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