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FG empowers 65 women on fish farming skills, gives starter packs

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By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA – THE Federal Government has trained 65 women on fish farming skills through the Federal Department of Extension Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who were given starter packs to commence the business.

A fish vendor negotiates price on April 30, 2013 with a buyer as normalcy returns after Islamist clash with soldiers on April 25, 2013 in the remote northeast town of Baga, Borno State.

This was disclosed by the Director, Gender and Youth, Mrs. Karima Babangida, of the Ministry, who said the women were selected from six states, which were Adamawa, Gombe, Kogi, Katsina, Kano and Niger States, and some staff of the Ministry in Abuja.

According to Babangida they were trained for about a week at the Federal College of Fresh Water Fisheries Technology, New Bussa, Niger State.

She said the women upon their completion of the training each participant were given a fish tank, 400 fingerlings, weighing scale, five bags of fish feed (2mm, 3mm, 4mm and 6mm) and medicines (Antithesis, Antibiotics and Growth Promoters), including N31, 500.

She said: “Women were considered because they are the back bone of families recently, and that it is hoped that these women will use their resources to take care of the home including ensuring that children are well fed and are also in school.”

Meanwhile, she charged the trainees to also train at least 10 other women in return, and they assessed through regular monitoring to ensure progress and impact profitability on the knowledge and skills acquired. The benefiting women also reciprocated the gesture by the government by expressing joy and gratitude and promised to use the materials given to them judiciously and also appealed that more women should be trained as well to tackle poverty and unemployment among the women folk.

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