Mr Friday Ehimare, Director, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Edo, said no fewer than 449 fish farmers have been empowered since 2018.
Ehimare disclosed this on Friday in Ekehuan village, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, during the department’s sensitisation campaign against obnoxious fisheries practices.
He said that the campaign had become necessary following the continuous use of harmful chemicals in aqua-culture.
He said the state government, in its bid to boost protein intake of it populace, create job and income, had created fish cluster farming empowerment under the commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS).
“A total of eight clusters made up 449 fish farmers have so far been empowered across the state.
“The campaign is essentially to discourage fish farmers against the use of chemicals in aquatic ecosystem and to educate them on the best and acceptable practices.
“The use of chemicals such as gammalin 20, DDT, among others when introduced into water kills every living thing in the water.
“Some common fish species such as gold fish, butterfly fish, other organisms like turtle, snails and crabs are rarely found in the water due to continuous use of harmful chemicals,” he said.
According to him, the chemical residue in fish muscle is dangerous to consumers and also reduces income, so we will continue to educate them.
The director thanked the governor for approving funds for the campaign.
The chairman of fish farmers in the village, Mr Faith Eyituoyor, thanked the ministry for the education and promised to adhere to the aqua-culture best practices. (NAN)