Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

Fishery: ARDS distributes assorted inputs to farmers

Farmers in the fisheries sub-sector have taken delivery of subsidised assorted fishery inputs from the Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to boost productivity. 

Our correspondent gathered that the items included deep freezers, scop nets, culture tanks, fish feen and smoking icline, are part of the administration's agricultural support initiative aimed at bolstering food security and poverty alleviation. 

Speaking during the official handing over of the items to FCT fishery folks through balloting system in Bwari, ARDS Secretary, Stanley Nzekwe, said the scheme will improve access to inputs that are ordinarily costly and scarce.

Represented by head, veterinary services in the secretariat, Dr. Regina Adulugba, the ARDS boss disclosed that inputs worth over N10 million will be distributed to beneficiaries in the first phase of the programme. 

He added that it is hoped that before the end of the year, input worth about N15 million will be distributed to farmers, sellers and catchers, as it is FCTA's determination to make the scheme a continuous exercise for the benefit of fish farmers in FCT. 

"Our policy is therefore designed to increase fish catch and fish production, which will ultimately lead to poverty alleviation, increase in revenue base of the secretariat, improvement of the income and standard of living of the FCT fisher folks and encouragement of the subsidiary fisheries industry in the territory". 

Earlier, in his welcome address, ARDS director administration and finance, Dr. Lazarus Gaza, decried fish production from all sources has remained low, despite the huge endowment of natural fisheries resources in the FCT. 

He stressed that the secretariat's commitment to sustain the programme, and bridge the gap between fish demand and supply.  

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