According to him, African Catfish are naturally best adapted to African climate and are most abundant in the continent than other places. He said they have the potential to supply all the food fish protein requirements of Africans and even worldwide if properly harnessed through intensive acquaculture, adding that acquaculture should be seen to have great potential to contribute significantly to food security and eradicate poverty in Sub-Sahara Africa.

“Food security is crucial to any nation’s stability and development and a large percent of African’s derive high quality protein in their diet from fish at a low cost,” he revealed.

Prof. Tsadu stated that acquaculture is now well known in Africa and well established in many countries, however its growth and development is still faced with many challenges which should be removed for it to reach its full potential. He said, efforts should be made to encourage adoption of new technologies to improve production.

The lecturer who is the Head of Department, Water Resources, Acquaculture and Fisheries Technology (WAFT), said there is population increase all over Africa and this justifies intensification and diversification of food production ventures and so, acquaculture should be intensified as it has a potential to increase food and financial security of both rural and urban areas.

Prof. Tsadu maintained that there is need for training and retraining of interested farmers and government should provide an enabling environment to promote investment in acquaculture. “The training should also be included in pre-retirement of civil servant and other stakeholders,” he added.

The don also called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and donor nations to participate in acquaculture development through empowerment as they do in other sectors, by empowering farmers, reducing input cost, minimizing market bottlenecks and also fostering efficient information exchange among stakeholders.

In his contributions to Fishery development, Prof. Tsadu has constructed net hapas for incubation of eggs instead of the traditional spreading of Kakaban or sponges directly in water to incubate eggs, hybridization of the male and female to know the hereditary characteristics collection, preservation and utilization of freshwater, fish farming trainings in Niger State and design of standard modern fish hatchery for the University, Department of Water Resources, Acquaculture and Fisheries Technology.

He said, research in the area of acquaculture development is insatiable, so there should be continuous research to develop new technologies to increase production and better utilization of available natural resources.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, commended the lecturer for the lecture and also acknowledged the dignitaries that graced the occasion.

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