“The Aquaculture without Frontiers charity organisation's grant funds and partnership with Aller Aqua Nigeria have enabled a viable project for small farmers in Nigeria,” according to the Denmark-headquartered aquafeed firm.
The AwF project is based on a model for assisting existing smallholder catfish farmers by providing healthy fish seed, high-quality fish feeds – notably Aller Aqua’s Claria float – improved management routines, a farm production/management kit, and market access.
“This strategy helps local farmers not only increase their production capacity but also develop a profitable and sustainable fish farming business,” said Aller Aqua in a press release.
“Working from the ground up with this model ensures that farmers can quickly transfer management techniques they've learned to other farmers in their rural farming communities,” they added.
''We understand that local farmers want to steadily expand their farming operations. They have faith in us to become their partners in providing support and practical solutions to help them achieve their objectives. In this project, as in many others, we demonstrate that we will be with them throughout the journey,’’ said Dada Mofoluso, marketing coordinator at Aller Aqua Africa.
According to Aller Aqua, 2022 was particularly challenging for farmers, who faced two floods that destroyed many fish farming communities and made it impossible to access fish markets for months.
“We survived Nigeria's worst fish glut in six years and made it through the galloping inflation on inputs (~40 percent),” this company said.