In a bid to support fish farmers and reduce post-harvest loss, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has empowered eight fish farmers’ cooperative groups with fish smoking equipment.
The farmers drawn from Cross River, Delta, Ondo and Edo state were trained on how to use the equipment with the expectation that this will add value to their business through preservation and packaging, thereby preventing post-harvest loss and increasing their farming income.
BATNF is always seeking to support smallholder farmer, helping them grow and scale their small farming enterprise into commercial ventures.
Speaking at the presentation, Mrs Abimbola Okoya, executive director of BATNF said: “I encourage you to make effective use of this equipment and train other members of your community.
“We would continue to monitor everyone to ensure that you make use of the equipment effectively,’’ she said.
The southern coordinator of USAID, Mr Kayode Faleti urged the farmers to carry out their farming business diligently, assuring them that the smoking equipment will put them in total control of their business, taking out the incidence of them having to hurriedly sell at a loss for fear of the fish getting bad.