In Abia University to generate N800m annually from catfish production

This was disclosed on Sunday, May 3, by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Hillary Edeoga.

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The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike, Abia state is set to generate an annual sum of N800 million from catfish production.

This was disclosed on Sunday, May 3, by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Hillary Edeoga.

“On assumption of duty as the vice chancellor, l met a Fishery/Aquaculture department without a single tadpole, but today one of the sources of our internally generated revenue, is our fish pond,” Edeoga said.

“We have a project called operation ‘Produce one million catfish in a year.’ If you produce one million catfish in a year, each weighing minimum of one kilogram, we have gotten N800m because one catfish of one kg costs N800,” he added.

“We rehabilitated the hatchery project. Today, the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has recognised this institution in terms of fingerling research and production. We now supply to fish farmers in the South –East,” the VC said.

Edeoga said further that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had donated two vehicles to the institution recognition of the its fish farming ventures.

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