YOUTHS URGED TO EMBRACE FISHERY, AS YOUTH COUNCIL ENDS POVERTY ALLEVIATION SYMPOSIUM
By Uzo Ugwunze
Ojoto (Idemili South LGA), June 9, 2019 (MOI) Youths of Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA) have been urged to embrace fishery and its value chain as a way out of poverty, depression and crime.
The many economic benefits of fishery were espoused during the inaugural poverty alleviation symposium, organized by Idemili South chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) at LGA Secretariat, Ojoto.
Speaking at the event with theme: ``Localising The Industry, The Main Way Out Of Poverty In The Modern Economy’’, the NYCN Chairman, Mr Chukwuemeka Uzochukwu lamented that about 50 per cent of fish consumed in Anambra were imported.
Uzochukwu, a fish farming expert said that most youths languished in poverty which might lead to crime or depression because they fail to maximize their potential with opportunities within their environment.
``The greatest business of life is thinking. You can’t be what you can’t think. If you cannot convert your environment for use to settle your needs, you will hardly come out of poverty.
``We import Iced fish from Chile and Niger State, Stockfish from Norway, Dry fish from Lake Chad, Fresh fish from Ibadan, even pepper from Cameroon. These things can be produced here.
``Let’s think and work. Singapore exports fishes to Thailand in exchange for food. Food is something that does not lack market. Engage in any of the fishery value chain,’’ Uzochukwu urges.
Facilitator and Secretary, Catfish and Allied Farmers Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter, Mr Okezie Ohalete discussed the fishery value chains, saying that one could start-off with little capital.
Ohalete named five Fishery value chains -- Brood stocks production that entails parent fishes where eggs are extracted; Hatching that features production of fingerlings -- infant fishes.
Others are out grower production, which is growing fingerlings into full grown edible fishes; Smoking, Drying that entails packaging before the final stages of Marketing.
Ohalete, then, harped on the need for formation of co-operative societies and knowing people involved at different stages of the production to know where to purchase or sell your produce.
He informed them of the various opportunities, where one as a registered small, medium enterprise (SME) could access funds to expand one’s business.
``As you form Co-operatives, we have packages in Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Bank of Industries (BOI), Ministry of Agriculture, Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” Ohalete said.
Meanwhile, Director of Department of State Security Service (DSS), Mr Mark Ebby urged the youths to embrace positive knowledge at their disposal, enjoining them never to consider committing suicides as an option.
Speaking on effects of suicide on National Security, he told the youths never to lose hope but believe they could start from little to greatness; ``avoid peer pressure and control your emotions’’.
Youths and ports Officer, Ministry of
Youths and Creative Economy, Mr Maduka Okoye praised the leaders of NYCN for embarking
on such an initiative saying that state government would support any
industrious youth. (MOI)