The Anambra state government has commenced moves to create a fishery village just as it has also set up the Anambra State Fisheries and Aquaculture Business Agency, FABDA, with a view to tapping the huge revenue projection from its investment in the fishery sub-sector.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FABDA, Emeka Iloghalu, said that the fisheries and aquaculture sector have immense revenue potential that is yet untapped adding that there is a huge gap between demand and production.
Iloghalu also said that the pilot fish production village franchise projects being built in the three senatorial zones of the state is a creative move in line with the strategies for realizing the state government’s vision for fisheries and aquaculture industry much beyond the state.
He stated: “FABDA is the agency mandated by the Anambra state law to coordinate the fisheries and aquaculture economy and grow the GDP of fish while promoting and supporting the fisheries and aquaculture businesses in tandem with the organized private sector.”
“FABDA is currently repositioning the fisheries and aquaculture industry for effective and efficient governance, regulation, productivity and growth – and in achieving this objective, stakeholders were engaged in an innovative platform where the vision and mission for industrial development was created” he added.
The Fisheries and aquaculture value chain stakeholders and actors were organized and a leadership structure was established for them – with a president operating like the chambers of commerce. Equipment fabrication, fish processing, fish feed packaging, ponds construction, finance and investment, fisheries products marketing, fisheries logistics, fisheries information dissemination, veterinary and fish health will be handled in the fishery village. Vanguard