The Ogun State Government has advocated the need for adequate protein intake for pupils in public primary schools, to enhance their physical and mental development.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, who disclosed this at the Odeda Farm Institute, Eweje, noted that fishes sold at farm estates are been used by fish processors of fish fillets to feed the pupils in public primary school, under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
She noted that the vision of the Ogun State Government was to contribute significantly to growing Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector, to achieve a hunger-free Nigeria, through income growth, food security, employment generation and improved livelihood of farmers in the State.
Ogunleye assured that the State Government has keyed into programmes like the Anchor Borrowers Programme to ease some of the challenges confronting fish farmers, which include; inadequate water supply for year-round fish culture, inadequate channelization in some farm estates and the withdrawal of some prospective fish farmers due to lack of funds.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director, Fisheries Services, Mr. Adekunle Ajayi, said the department of fisheries was pursuing vigorously, the implementation of a model fish farm estate, noting that the model is now being replicated in several countries and some states in Nigeria.
The Chairman, First Home Grown Agribiz Limited, Mr. Adegoke James, noted that the major challenge in the agricultural space was marketing, saying once farmers are able to solve this problem, the resources to deal with production will seamlessly be provided.
Press Officer, Ministry of Agric.