Camp 74 fish farmers at Anwai in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State have cried out over what they termed unfavorable business environment.
Speaking to journalists in the fish farm at Anwai, the Chairman of the Association of Camp 74 Fish Farmers, Pastor Diyen Friday Esiomoghie, said that they were losing so much of their earnings to poor supply into the over 1,000 ponds in the farm, adding that it cost the farmers about N5,000 weekly to pump water into each of the ponds in the farm.
He explained that water from the Anwai River had stopped flowing naturally into the the various ponds because the river bed had gone down so deep below the level of the ponds, adding that there was the urgent need to redirect the course of the river nearer the ponds by burrowing a new course through the embarkment by the farm.
The Chairman maintained “that water is the natural resources for fish farming, when there is no water, definitely dish farming becomes impossible,” he lamented.
He disclosed that the fish in the ponds were dying owing to irregular supply of fresh water into the ponds, just as said that the water in the pond was always dirty and smelling.
He appealed to the state government to come to their aid so as to save their investment from going down the drains, adding that there was the urgent need to redirect the course of the river closer to the farm where the ponds were situated.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Okowa Fish Pond, Mr Loveday Takim, corroborated what Mr Esiomoghie stated earlier.
He said that fish farming was basically aquaculture in practice, adding jokingly that when aqua was missing, what remained was only culture which, he said, would not sustain fish farming.
He appealed to the state government to do the needful by redirecting the course of the river appropriately, just as he appreciated the committed efforts of the state governor, Senator ( Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, at creating enabling environment for fish farming in the farm whenever the fish farmers appealed to him for assistance.