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Lower Usman Dam restocked with 50,000 fingerlings

The lake restocking which was an annual event.

• November 18, 2020
Fish farming
Fish farming used to illustrate the story (Credit: Agric Base)

The Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) of the FCT administration says it has restocked the lower Usman Dam with nearly 50,000 assorted fingerlings.

Acting Secretary of the secretariat, Ibe Chukwuemeka during the commissioning ceremony in Bwari Area Council, said the exercise was in line with the FCT administration’s commitment to food security and poverty reduction at rural and urban areas.

He said that the fingerlings comprised 11 different species of fish.

He said the lake restocking which was an annual event stemmed from the maiden edition that was launched in 1999 as another means of bridging the poverty gap in rural areas.

“Our restocking exercise is going to afford the fisheries sub-sector the opportunity to contribute to the aggregate food security and poverty alleviation programme at the topmost of our development agenda,” he said.

Mr. Chukwuemeka explained that the issue of fisheries currently dominated the agriculture development programme of the secretariat objectives.

“With this initiative, we will fill the gap between fish demand and supply. The federal government has taken steps to place fisheries and aquaculture into the second National Fadama Development programme implemented in all the FCT Area Councils,” he said.

Mr. Chukwuemeka, therefore, urged fishermen at the dam to observe the season till the next six months in order to allow the new breed mature start breeding.

He said the fishermen would move their activities to other riverbody or dams in the territory pending when the new ones in the dam would be fully matured.

He also called on fishermen to make the best use of the gesture by FCT administration.

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