Fish farmers in Ebonyi state have been told to embrace modern packaging to improve the value chain in the subsector.

Moses Nomeh, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, gave the advice on Saturday in Abakaliki during a meeting with the members of the Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria.

He pointed out that Ebonyi rice was being sold worldwide because of its modern packaging.

“We want an improvement in the packaging system of fish to boost the value chain. Let me tell you, poor packaging can slow down business.

“In an open market, we want fish farmers to be selling their fish using weighing machine. We also want them to improve their packaging so that we can sell the fish in other states of the country.

“We have ordered members of the Fisheries Cooperative Federation to inaugurate a committee that can identify farmers in all villages in the 13 local government areas of the state,” he said, adding that the state Governor, David Umahi was ready to support and improve fish farming business.

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