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 NATIONAL Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Idemili South Local Government chapter has called on the youth of the area to embrace fishery and its value chain as a way out of poverty, depression and crime.

The call was made at an inaugural poverty alleviation symposium organized recently by Idemili South chapter of the NYCN at the local government  secretariat, Ojoto.

Speaking on the  theme, ‘Localizing the Industry, the main way out of poverty in the modern economy’ the chairman of the National youth Council, Idemmili chapter, Comrade Chukwuemeka Uzochukwu lamented that over 50 percent of fish consumed in Anambra were imported.

Uzochukwu, who is also into  fish farming , said that most youth languish in poverty because they refuse to maximize their potentials with opportunities within their environment.

He said that poverty could lead  to crime or depression, noting that, “the greatest business of life is thinking. You can’t be what you can’t think. If you cannot convert your environment for use to settle your needs, you will hardly come out of poverty”.

“We import ice fish from Chile and Niger State, stock fish from Norway, dry fish from Lake Chad, fresh fish from Ibadan, even  pepper from Cameroun. These things can be produced here. Let’s think and work.

Singapore export feces to Thailand in exchange for food. Food is something that does not lack market. Engage in any of the fishery value chain”, said Uzochukwu.

In his presentation, the facilitator and Secretary, Catfish and Allied Farmers Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter, Okezie Ohalete,  highlighted the fishery value chains, saying that one can start with little capital.

Ohalete mentioned five fishery value chain which  include; brood stocks production, which is the parent fishes where eggs are extracted;  the hatching, which is the production of fingerlings (infant fishes),the out grower production which is growing fingerlings into full grown edible fishes;  processing (smoking, drying,) and packaging before the final stage of marketing.

He expressed the need for the establishment of co-operatives and knowing people involved at different stages of their production for easy accessibility. He added that they could seek for loans from banks, “As you form co-operatives, we have packages in Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Bank of Industries (BOI), Ministry of Agriculture, Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA), Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).”

Speaking on the effects of suicide on national security,  Director of Department of State Security service(DSS),Idemili South , Mr. Mark Ebby  advised the youths to embrace the positive knowledge at their disposal, urging them never to consider committing suicide as an option, never to lose hope but believe they can start from little to greatness,  to avoid peer pressure and control their emotions.

Contributing,  Youths and Sports Officer, Ministry of Youths and Creative Economy , Idemili  South Local Government ,  Maduka Okoye thanked  the leaders of NYCN for organizing the workshop, saying that the  state government will support any industrious youth.

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