Criminals Attacking Our Fish Farms

Ekpan Farmer Cries Out
MR. Richard Dafioghor, Chairman, United Fish Farmers Association, Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, has called for greater security for fish farms located in the area.
Dafioghor told NAN in an interview in Ekpan that the local government is known for fish farming but that the activities of criminals in the area is a major set-back for the farms.
He said the state government has promised to provide security, among other facilities at the farms, adding that the farm cluster, currently operating with no less than 4,000 farmers, has four phases and is producing about 10,000 tonnes of fish daily.
“This farm is a wonder in Delta State and it has been existing since 12 years. We are trying to eliminate poverty through fish farming.
“As you can see, in Uvwie, we are known for fish farming and we have done a lot to improve on that aspect of farming and by so doing, we have been able to empower a lot of youths,’’ he said.
Dafioghor, a lawyer, revealed that in 2008, the state government constructed the road to the farm and gave each farmer a soft loan of N100, 000, adding that the farmers were expected to pay back only N50, 000 out of the loan.
“The government did very well with the provision of the loans but we are still waiting for the other facilities, especially security.
He lauded IFAD-FGN Community-Based Natural Resources Management Programme (CBNRMP) for training the farmers on better fish farming techniques, which has imparted positively on the farms’ operations.
Dafioghor called on IFAD to further assist the farm through funding and construction of fish feed mills and hatchery.