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Imo lawmaker’s foundation partners BION in empowerment scheme

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Imo lawmaker’s foundation partners BION in empowerment scheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By Anthony Iwuoma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By Town Crier News Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published By Fitness Network Communications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite having a couple of weeks to stay in the Ninth Senate, Sir Frank Ibezim, the Senator representing Imo North in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, is unrelenting in providing democratic dividends to his constituents.

This time, the Senator, through his agricultural foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the Bioresources Institute of Nigeria, BION, to train youths in his constituency in aquaculture.
The training will cover all the 27 local governments of the Imo North Senatorial District is slated for the Federal Government-owned Umuna Fish Farm and Technology Transfer Centre.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Senator Ibezim expressed excitement that the aquaculture centre would be restored after many years of inactivity, with the resumption of large-scale commercial activities in the area in line with the aspirations of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Senator, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, committed to supporting the provision of solar lighting to create an enabling environment for sustainable operations of the farm and training centre.
Responding, the BION Project Manager, Mr. Samuel Iwu, remarked that the MOU marked the start of training and empowerment initiatives in partnership with the host community to enable skills acquisition across the aquaculture value chain.
BION operates an agro- processing facility in Umuna Okigwe, with state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing equipment for the production of a range of teas, oils, hair and body products.
The facility would host the classroom phase of the aquaculture course with the practical aspects delivered at the restored fish farm.
The first batch of 80 trainees is expected to commence classes on June 1, 2023.
Courses include: Pond types, benefits of each and decision analysis; Fish breed selection;
Stocking management and techniques; Fish feed types, grades and feeding systems; Water sources and quality management; Predators and pests control; Sorting and grading; Cropping and harvesting
Fish preservation; Processing and packaging; Storage and marketing; Processing, smoking and cooling; Gutting, washing and drying; Management of smoking kilns and chambers.
The three-month course is targeted at youths, who have keen interest in fish farming and entrepreneurship.
Ibezim, who came to the Senate two years ago to complete the tenure of the late Senator Ben Uwajumogu, is not returning to the Senate in the next dispensation but has astounded both friends and foes with his uncommon devotion to the welfare of Imo North residents. Unlike others, the Senator is determined to work for his people and has his eyes set on other avenues of serving the people even outside the Senate.


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