Ogun State government has said that the main objective of establishing the MITROS Fish Farm Estates in the three senatorial districts of the State was to generate more employment along the entire aquaculture value chain.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo stated this at the opening ceremony of a day training workshop for the first batch of beneficiaries of the projects, at the Odeda Farm Institute, Odeda Local Government, Ogun State.
According to her, the Fish Farm Estates which consist of 1,000 Earthen Pound each, were situated in Odeda, Imasayi and Ikenne, accommodating 5,000 direct beneficiaries and had created over 1,500 jobs indirectly.
Mrs. Adebajo revealed that for proper management, the Egba Cluster Farming Initiative, Abeokuta would oversee the Fish Farm Estate at Odeda, Yewa Initiative for Poverty Alleviation for the Estate at Imasayi while Remo Development Initiative on Poverty Alleviation would manage that of Ikenne.
She advised the management and the beneficiaries to ensure that the Estates produce fish and the fish products are properly managed all year round, so that they can compete favourably with other fish farm estates in Nigeria.
In his contribution, the Chairman of Odeda Local Government, Mr. Semiu Bola Lawal, said the people of the council would ever be grateful to the State government, for establishing the Odeda Farm Estate, adding that his council would provide additional logistic needed to make it succeed.
Beneficiaries of the projects, Mr. Samson Mesoye and Mrs Eunice Akinsanya, thanked the State government for empowering the youths, through the fish farms, calling on their colleagues to key-in to the different youth empowerment programmes of the State government.
In another development, the Ministry of Agriculture has called for distributorship for the MITROS rice recently launched.
In a release signed by the Commissioner, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, the distributorship is open to all 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) of the State.
Interested members of the public are therefore advised to obtain application forms free, at Room 247 Ministry of Agriculture, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, all its Parastatals and Zonal Offices across the State.