The overall goal is to improve the livelihoods of rural youth through agriculture and agriculture-based enterprises..
Aquaculture was developed more than 2,000 years ago in countries such as China, Italy, and Egypt. Not long after, aquaculture practices in Europe, China, and Japan commonly involved stocking wild-caught fingerlings — for example, carp fingerlings (juvenile fish) captured from rivers — in ponds or other bodies of water for further growth. Although aquaculture activities in Nigeria started about 50 years ago, yet Nigeria has not been able to meet domestic production demand for the populace. According to statistics indicate that Nigeria is the largest African aquaculture producer, with production output of over 15,489tonnes per annum Nigeria has the natural resources (such as lands, rivers, streams, reservoirs and lakes; and human resource) and potentials to compete with the world leading aquaculture countries. Nigeria has about 264 medium and large dams with a combined storage capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of water. Of these dams, 210 are owned by the Federal Government, 34 are owned by states, while 20 are owned by private organizations. These dams can be used for cage aquaculture and pen aquaculture.
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