FCTA restocks Lower Usman Dam with 50,000 fingerlings

FCTA restocks Lower Usman Dam with 50,000 fingerlings

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has restocked the lower Usman Dam with nearly 50,000 assorted fingerlings.


Mr Ibe Chukwuemeka, the Acting Secretary of the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), FCTA, said this on Wednesday at the project’s inauguration at the lakeside in Bwari Area Council.



He said that the project was in line with the FCTA’s commitment to promoting food security and reducing poverty in the rural and urban areas of the territory.


He said that the fingerlings comprised 11 different species of fish.


Chukwuemeka said that the restocking of the lake with fingerlings, which was an annual event since its maiden edition in 1999, was another means of facilitating poverty reduction in the rural areas.


“Our restocking exercise is going to empower the fisheries sub-sector the opportunity to contribute to the aggregate food security and poverty alleviation programme, which is at the top of our development agenda,” he said.


The acting secretary said that the issue of fisheries development project was a priority in the agriculture development programme of the secretariat.


“With this initiative, we will fill the gaps between fish demand and supply, and the Federal Government has taken steps to give premium to fisheries and aquaculture in the second National Fadama Development Programme implemented in all the FCT Area Councils.”


Chukwuemeka, however, urged fishermen at the dam to observe the season till the next six months in order to allow the fingerlings to mature and start breeding.


He advised the fishermen to relocate to other rivers or dams in the territory, pending the time when the fingerlings in the Lower Usman Dam would have fully matured and be ready for harvesting.


In her remarks, Mrs Ifeoma Okeke, the Director Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, said that the campaign was the sixth in the series since 1999.


She pledged that the programme would continue to receive priority attention from the secretariat.


Okeke said that the project was a government intervention aimed at assisting the fishermen and not for any financial gains.


Speaking, the Etsu Bwari, Ibrahim Yero, assured the FCTA that he would mobilise the residents, especially the fishermen, to adhere to the rules and regulations guiding fishing activities at the dam as well as its security.

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