Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Hillary Edeoga, says the school is targeting N800 million annually from catfish production.
Edeoga told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Umuahia, that a substantial part of the revenue generated internally by the institution, was from fish farming.
He said that the Fishery/Aquaculture and Poultry departments had been rehabilitated to ensure their viability and productivity.
The professor said that on his assumption of duty as vice-chancellor, the university poultry buildings had no birds, adding that “there are thousands of birds now.’’
“On assumption of duty as the vice-chancellor, l met a Fishery/ Aquaculture department without a single tadpole, but today one of the sources of our internally generated revenue, is our fish pond.
“We have a project called operation produce one million catfish in a year. If you produce one million catfishes in a year, each weighing minimum of 1kg, we have gotten N800m because one catfish of 1kg cost N800. “We rehabilitated the hatchery project. Today, the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has recognised this institution in terms of fingerling research and production. We now supply to fish farmers in the South –East,’’ he said.
The vice-chancellor said that in recognition of the university’s efforts in fish farming, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture donated two vehicles to the institution.
He said that from internally-generated revenue, he had tarred all the roads in the school, adding that more projects would be implemented. He said that MOUAU was in collaboration with more than five foreign universities on research development.