Capacity building: Lagos commences artisanal fisheries value for fishing communities
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State Government has commenced artisanal fisheries value intervention for fishing communities in the state through empowerment and capacity building.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this, explained that the intervention arose from the concern that fish landings by the fishermen have not been maximised especially due to the high cost of fishing inputs and undesirable fishing practices.
She noted that those practices have resulted in low catches for the fishermen’s efforts thereby translating to reduced income and a rural-urban drift by younger fishermen seeking greener pastures.
According to her, the state government has been empowering fishermen in the state with outboard engines, provision of boats and nets among others to reduce the shuttle time during their fishing activities and support their fishing operations in order to reverse this…