Fisheries Society of Nigeria in collaboration with Winrock International, facilitators of the Farmer to Farmer (FtF) program, has concluded plans for developing Nigeria's shrimp production potentials.
The program according to the National President of FISON, Dr. Abba Abdullah is aimed at aquaculture development, diversification of the finish mono-product base; generating jobs; stemming rural migration, contribute to rural development, and bring about integrated aquaculture programs.
"It will also diversify Nigeria's export base to generate foreign exchange and increase employment in the rural sector," Abdullah said.
The FtF program scheduled to hold in Lagos from 4 th to 7 th of February, 2013, is a United States for International Development (USAID) funded program with special focus on Aquaculture in Lagos and Calabar . The date for Calabar's program according to FISON would be 11th - 14th of February, 2013 and will feature International Resource Persons.
According to Abdullah the prospects and potentials of shrimp culture identified by various local and international study teams include many indigenous cultivable species, suitable climate and geographical location which allows for all-year production, vast water and land resources, and feed availability.
This assignment said the FISON boos will help in building capacity for sustainable shrimp culture development in Nigeria; provide appropriate techniques and procedures for shrimp culture, particularly the Black Tiger Prawn ( Pe naeus monodon ) so that they can be used as Guidelines for Shrimp Culture in Nigeria . It will also provide material for training stakeholders and interested individuals in the public and private sectors.
Target Audience for the program include: Researchers, Universities lecturers, Extension Officers, New Investors, Existing Catfish Farmers, Aquaculture Exporters, among others.