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Anambra Trains Fish Farmers.

Written By Anambra Farmers on Sunday, 16 September 2012 | 03:50


The Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture, says it's got
trained fish farmers in their state on how to produce sea food feeds locally, to
reduce the price tag on importing feeds.

Mr Leo Amoka, the actual Programme Manager, Anambra Agricultural
Growth Programme (ADP), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra,
in Tuesday.

Reports say that having
the steady increase in the amount of fish farmers in the last several years, the
country has had in order to import fish feeds, thereby losing vast amounts each
year.

Amoka said authorities from donor agencies had sent
lectures and demonstrated how to ready the fish feeds using in the area sourced
materials.

“Actually, we brought farmers together to learn how to
absorb new technology and manufacture feeds on their own instead of buying it
on the market, which is very expensive.

“And in the act, the Federal Government would at this point allow
importers to import and from now on deplete our foreign exchange. Consequently, we now want to
use our locally sourced materials to perform it.

“Soya beans, groundnuts, just about everyone has the things here. So we all
taught them how to do it over the last weekend.

“It is courtesy of the Peter Obi-led administration, who
paid the counterpart fund that we used in this way. ’’

The programme manager stated the ministry also provided
farmers inside state with genetically modified spectacular fruit seeds, which could
grow and conform to the soil and climate of the state.

“We procured some spectacular seeds. So these exotic vegetables are
the type of seeds which can be planted in the north; for that reason insecurity
situation, our people don’t normally see a north again to buy that
cucumber, you know, water melons.

“So we procure some seeds which could grow here, and we have got
tried it in the farm also it worked.

“It had been distributed to the farmers to plant around
right here. These exotic seeds like cucumbers, normal water melon, onions, cabbage. In truth,
if you come to our compound, I have a lot of them. ’’

Amoka also disclosed which the ministry had leased out the actual
five tractors the state government procured early inside year to some
commercial farmers and co-operative societies inside state.
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