World Bank Programme Move To Boost Fish Production In Nigeria

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State test-driving one of the machines at the commissioning of the new bulldozers purchased by the State Government for rice production in the state in Abakaliki last week

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State test-driving one of the machines at the commissioning of the new bulldozers purchased by the State Government for rice production in the state in Abakaliki last week

In its effort to boost fish production in the country, the World Bank through the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) project has distributed over 25 million ‎fingerlings to farmers across the country.

WAAPP also provided processing equipment, including detachable smoking kiln, solar tent dryer and fish cooling boxes to support the fish value chain.

Acting National Project Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria, James Apochi stated this at the weekend in Abuja, during an interactive session with journalists.

Apochi, who said aquaculture was the priority commodity for WAAPP-NIGERIA, noted that the project had interventions in other commodities like roots and tubers, livestock, poultry, Rice, Sorghum and Maize.

He said, “It may interest you that WAAPP has recorded many success stories, aquaculture is the priority commodity for WAAPP-NIGERIA Nigeria, however, WAAPP is working on other commodities which were derived from a study carried out by the International Food Policy R‎esearch Institute (IFPRI) and CORAF in 2006.

Apochi added that as a result of the achievements of WAAPP, the National Centre of Specialisation (NCOS) in aquaculture has been upgraded to a Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE).

According to WAAPP-Nigeria’s communication expert, Mr. Rowland Loongs, who represented the country director, the project has brought technologies from other WAAPP countries to develop various value chains in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

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