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Monday, June 8, 2020

COVID - 19: Obasanjo Goes Into Fish Farming, Starts With 50, 000 Fingerlings

.... Ex - President Says Food Crisis Imminent In Africa After Coronavirus


                          •Obasanjo


By Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned of likely post COVID -19 food crisis hitting Africa, urging governments in the continent to rise to the challenge. 

Obasanjo who has just launched into fish farming, spoke at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library OOPL lake pond, Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he flagged off a fish farming project, at the weekend, according to Kehinde Akinyemi, his Media Aide.

About 50,000 pieces of sub-adult fish in both Catfish and Tilapia species were released for acclamatization and subsequent growth inside the lake pond, located directly opposite the main Library.

Obasanjo who was visibly elated by the new farm said the idea came from his thinking out of the box, "as what is next after the novel pandemic Coronavirus in the world, will be food crisis in Africa. 

 "I think we have to take the issue of post Convid-19 seriously. I believe most African governments have to find how to be self-sufficient in essential food items for the food crisis likely to be experienced not to be a waste.

"Because food mat be a problem and I dont think most African countries have gone as far as they should go into food production during this year.

"I want to advise African governments to embark on massive food production as part of measure to prepare for the post Convid-19 pandemic era in Africa.

"There may be food problem in the continent after the Covid-19 pandemic. We must think out of the box to get this solved now. Food must be made available," Obasanjo said.

Speaking more on the fish farm project, Aquaculture consultant, Steve Okeleji, said the initial process of the stocking was to allow for accallation before finally releasing them to the lake.

While commercial activities are expected in four months time at the lake, visitors as well can seize the opportunity to spend part of their tour periods around the lake to feed the fishes.


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