Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja The West African Agricultural
Productivity Programme (WAAPP),
a World Bank agricultural enhanced project has distributed over 25 million fingerlings to
farmers across the country.
WAAP also provided processing
equipment, including detachable
smoking kiln, solar tent dryer and
fish cooling boxes to support the
fish value chain.
Acting National Project
Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria,
James Apochi stated this weekend in Abuja, during an
interaction with the Agricultural
Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN).
He explained that the project had succeeded in funding core research areas in fingerlings production, fish feed and post harvest processing, adding that WAAP encouraged integrated development of agricultural
research into technology generation, dissemination and
adoption continuum throughout the sub-region.
“It is worthy of note that WAAPP Nigeria has so far distributed
over 25 million fingerlings to farmers across the country,” he said.
SApochi who declared that aquaculture was the priority commodity for WAAPP-Nigeria, noted that the project had interventions in other commodities as derived from the
study of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
“It may interest you that WAAPP has recorded many success stories, aquaculture is the
priority commodity for WAAPP Nigeria, however WAAPP is
working on other commodities which were derived from a study carried out by the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and CORAF in 2006, and
includes roots and tubers, livestock, poultry, rice, sorghum
He added that: “As a result of the
achievements of WAAPP, the National Centre of Specialisation (NCOS) in aquaculture has been upgraded to a Regional Centre of
According to WAAPP-Nigeria’s communication expect, Mr Rowland Loongs, who
represented the country director, the project has brought
technologies from other WAAP countries to develop various