Gombe seeks partnership with Morocco on aquaculture potentials
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Gombe seeks partnership with Morocco on aquaculture potentials

From Abdulwahab Mohammed, Gombe

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has led a state delegation to Morocco to seek a partnership towards unlocking the state’s aquaculture potential.

TheNewsZenith reports that the state government is seeking to tap the technical expertise and resources of the Moroccan National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture (ANDA).

This is to fully harness the potential of Gombe’s water bodies to create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth.

During the governor’s visit, his delegation held a bilateral meeting with ANDA officials in Rabat.

At the meeting, the two parties agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure effective collaboration in the aquaculture sector.

Gov. Yahaya highlighted the rich natural resources of the state.

He pointed to key water bodies such as Dadin Kowa, Balanga and Cham dams as ideal sites for fish farming and other aquaculture activities.

He explained Gombe state’s ambitious plans to unlock the potential of its water bodies.

Yahaya also outlines a comprehensive strategy that includes the development of fish farms, support for local fishermen and the promotion of sustainable aquaculture practices.

All these, he said, aimed at ensuring food security, creating job opportunities and boosting the state economy.

“As part of efforts to develop fish farming, we intend to establish several fish farms across Dadin Kowa, Balanga and Cham dams.

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“These facilities will utilise modern aquaculture techniques to enhance fish production. It will also afford the state to meet the growing demand for fish.

TheNewsZenith reports that there is high demand for fish in Northeast and neighbouring Cameroun, Chad and Niger Republics.

“We would support the local fishermen through training programmes, provision of fishing equipment and financial assistance.

“This support will enable fishermen to adopt best practices and increase their productivity,” the governor said.

Earlier, the Director of the ANDA, Mr Mustafa, expressed the agency’s willingness to collaborate with Gombe to facilitate fishery trade.

Mustafa said this would ensure a successful establishment of fishery projects.

He added that it will also guide investors through the initial production cycles and beyond.

He said Gombe’s interest in the aquaculture sector was timely, given the strong market demand for aquaculture products.

The director noted that with the right collaboration, the aquaculture industry in Gombe could significantly contribute to the local economy.

It can also create jobs and meet the growing market needs.


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