The Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH ) has begun a cage culture pilot project for large-scale fish farming at Agbowa-Ikosi Beach, Epe Division of the state where the polytechnic acquired about five acres of aquatic land.
The project is also intended to serve as a training and research field for staff and students. To kick-start the project, the polytechnic organised a sensitisation programme titled: Optimising the Performance of Fisherfolks at Agbowa-Ikosi Fishing Community Tuesday last week during which fishermen in the community were exposed to modern fishing business practices.
In taking up this project, the Ag. Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu, said the school was fulfilling its mandate as a tertiary institution established to proffer solutions to challenges in the society.
He said introducing modern fishing techniques would help members of the community solve various challenges in their fishing business. He urged the fishing community to imbibe the methods being introduced by the facilitators who are staff members, to boost their productivity and strengthen food security in the state.
He assured the community of the management’s support in their areas of need, and that, subsequently, more sensitisation would be held.
The programme was attended by Chief Shakirudeen Muibi, the traditional ruler of Agbowa-Ikosi Beach; Dr Adebayo Ashafa, Dean, School of Agriculture and Dr Olusola Babalola, Head of Department, Fisheries Technology.