The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it is targeting no fewer than 100, 000 displaced fish farmers in Borno in furtherance of its Aqua Culture Development programme.
FAO’s Country Representative Suffyan Koroma disclosed this at the inauguration of the Aqua Culture programme at Gungolong community in Jere Local Government Area of Borno.
Koroma said that the programme was an integral part of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF), designed to assist 100, 000 displaced households in Borno.
According to him, the objective is to restore livelihoods through use of agricultural resources such as crop production, livestock production, fisheries, and agro-processing.
He explained that the programme would be implemented with support from the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN-Women between 2018 and 2021.
Koroma revealed that some 30 households would be supported in Jere, 10 in Gongulong and 20 in Monguno communities, to enable them engage in fish production.
“For households affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, especially those formerly engaged in fishing, FAO believes that aquaculture-based activities will provide a meaningful way out of poverty and help families to become independent of humanitarian aid while moving towards self-reliance.
“Fish production is an important source of economic diversification and nutrition; it also provides profitable income streams for the individuals participating in our aquaculture programme.
“Under the European Union Trust Fund-financed project for Borno, FAO is targeting youths – both males and females. We plan to engage 200 male headed households in fish farming in 2019; train and equip a further 100 female headed households in fish processing and marketing in the state,” Koroma said.
Alhaji Wakil Abbagana, the District Head of Gongulong, lauded the gesture, adding that FAO had provided viable agriculture and livelihoods support to resettled families in the area.
Bukar Abba, one of the beneficiaries, applauded the sponsors of the programme, saying that the scheme would go a long way toward improving the socio-economic well-being of people of the area.
Source: Voice Of Nigeria