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Fish Farmers on Fish-Rice-Pig Integrated Aquaculture

NIGERIA - The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD) has trained around 100 farmers in integrated fish farming as part of poverty alleviation programmes.

The training, themed, ‘Poverty eradication and grassroots empowerment through integrated aquaculture development’, was anchored by the University of Ibadan, using Nikol Farm, on the Akobo-Olorunda road, Ibadan, as a demonstration farm, reports TheTribune.

The fish-rice-pig integrated aquaculture involves using earthen ponds to raise fish and rice and using the waste from pigs to raise insect larvae which can be used as a feed supplement for fish.

This set up therefore reduces the cost of production and maximises streams of income by selling fish, rice and pigs.

The Head of Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, University of Ibadan, Professor Bamidele Omitoyin, while inaugurating the training, said though it was sponsored by WECARD, it was part of the mandate of the department to disseminate information generated by academics to the farmers.

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