PLATEAU STATE government
has called for urgent collaboration
with the West Africa Agricultural
Productivity Programme,
WAAPP-Nigeria towards
reviving the Carp fish species in
the country as it faces threat of
extinction.
State commissioner
for agriculture and rural
development, Linda Barau, gave
the indication during a visit to the
coordination office of the project
located at no2 Franca Afegbua
crescent, off Samuel Jareton
Mariere Road Apo FCT Abuja.
Accompanied by some
directors of the ministry, the
commissioner stated that the visit
was necessitated by the giant
stride of WAAPP-Nigeria in the
area of Aquaculture, aside other
breakthrough in its agricultural
productivity programme such as
improved seeds and seedlings in
crops to include; sorghum, maize,
cassava and rice among others,
noting that plateau state also is
the home of carp fish variety. She
added that the carp species was
first introduced into the country
in plateau over five decades ago
from Austria and recent events
has led to its near extinction, hence
the need to expedite measures to
ensure that the said fish variety
does not go out of circulation.
The visibly elated commissioner
called for immediate action to
restore the carp species from
extinction, describing her
visit to WAAPP-Nigeria as a
home coming considering the
availability of technical expert to
meet up the task ahead.
Barau added that Plateau State
and the West Africa Agricultural
Productivity Programme has a lot
to partner, especially in the field of
Aquaculture as its core mandate,
noting that studies have shown
plateau as a veritable ground to
raise several varieties of fish across
the state with its abandoned
ponds as a huge potential.
She informed the Acting
National Project coordinator,
James Ocheme Apochi, that
the state governor, Simon
Bako Lalong, in line with its
rescue agenda, is passionate on
reviving the famous Panyam
Fish Farm which calls for urgent
collaboration with WAAPP.
Responding, Mr. Apochi
described the visit of the
commissioner as an indication
and passion to revitalise the fish
production in the state.
Apochi gave a rundown of the
core mandate of WAAPP-Nigeria,
stating that they are indeed in
the right place and expressed
readiness to collaborate with
Plateau State through the
provision of support in the carp
fish project.
Contributing, procurement
consultant of WAAPP-Nigeria,
Austine Okpara, advised the
Plateau State delegation to
expedite action to ensure that
they are part of WAAPP support
programme as Nigeria looks
ahead with optimism to secure an
extension for the first phase of the
project.


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