Fish farming is raising fish in tanks or enclosures for food or business /profitable purpose. Fish farming has become very popular in Nigeria and the world today.Fish farming is as old as mankind. It is an economic activity that can provide many profitable opportunities today.
The raising and selling of fish on a commercial basis has proven to be economically successful throughout the world today. The most common fish species raised by fish farmers in Nigeria are Tilapia, Carp and Catfish
Agriculture is regarded as a very risky sector. Fish farming is a form of agricultural production and it is also a risky business which requires special knowledge, skills, and careful considerations. Fish farming continues to gain popularity daily.
Fish farming is a very lucrative provided appropriate management is in place. In order to further empower women the Federal Government is facilitating the training of 540 women from 19 northern states on fish farming. This is being done in cooperation with the Kano State government Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The Kano state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hajiya Baraka Sani, launched the program at the Kano Institute of Fisheries, Bagauda. According to the Commissioner, each of the students would be given a take-off package that would certainly include juvenile fish, fish feed and medicines in addition to other incentives.
The commissioner also revealed that more cooperation was under way and this in the area of Youth Empowerment. The Youths will undergo training in Poultry and Livestock production. She disclosed that the Kano state government had developed six capacity agricultural institutes that will educate youths in various farming businesses.
The coordinator of the institute, Prof. Armaya’u Bichi disclosed that the institute has all the needed teaching and learning centers.
This is a welcome development from Kano state.