27/03/2017

Chi farms kicks off training for 1000 fish farmers

fish pond

Chi Farms Ltd. has successfully concluded the training and certification of a pilot group of smallholder fish farmers. A group of 22 women were trained in Best Practices in Professional Fish Farming at one of the company’s catfish hatchery sites in Sagamu, Ogun State. The women were trained in areas such as pond preparation, water management, record keeping and fish farming as a business.
The company also signed partnership agreements with all fish farmers to assure supply of high quality catfish juveniles, quality fish feed, and continuous technical support.
With the agreement, the pilot group will cooperate with Diamond Bank Plc. agriculture team that provides working capital finance for farmers. The group is the first 22 of 500 farmers in the South and 500 farmers in the North that Chi Farms will partner with under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported technical assistance program.
The objective of the program is to contribute to food security in country by increasing the local production of affordable food.Speaking on the training programme, Executive Director, Chi Farms Ltd Martin Middernacht said, “Chi Farms will also buy back table size catfish from associated farmers and make it available in major markets. The quantities of catfish we produce and supply to local markets under this program will measurably increase availability and affordability of food.”
He added that with support by the USAID, the firm is committed to conducting significant investments into the expansion of its feed milling and catfish hatchery capacities.

CREDIT: GUARDIAN NG

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