The Jigawa Government on Wednesday said it had received 15,000 catfish fingerlings from the Federal Government under its Fish Farming Development Programme.
The Spokesman of the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Zubairu Suleiman, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Hadejia.
Mr Suleiman said the ministry collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to stock River Dudurun Warwade, a stream in the state, with the fingerlings.
“The fingerlings were brought to the state by an official of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Idoh Tommy, who supervised their stocking in River Warwade in Dutse,” he said.
According to Tommy, Jigawa is among the few states selected for the programme aimed at boosting fish farming for the socio-economic development of the state and the country at large.
“Tommy also said the state was selected because of the giant strides of Gov. Muhammed Badaru in agriculture,” Mr Suleiman said.
The spokesman said the state would continue to partner the Federal Government to harness its huge fishery potential.
“We will continue to partner the Federal Government for more fingerlings and other interventions to move the sub-sector forward.
“Jigawa is endowed with many rivers and streams. In Kirikasamma alone, there are over 200 streams.
“Therefore, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Kabiru Ali, has assured that the programme would be expanded to cover other rivers to assist our teeming fishermen,” Suleiman said.
NAN reports that the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Heineken Lokpobiri, said recently that when the present administration came to power, the local production of fish was only about 600,000 metric tonnes.
Lokpobiri said with the Federal Government’s collaborations with fish farmers at the state level, the figure increased to about 1.1 million metric tonnes, which represented almost 100 per cent increment.
He said, “A lot still needs to be done because our national demand is about 3.5 million metric tonnes, which means that we are only producing about one third of our national demand.”