UNIVERSITY PROF WARNS AGAINST BREEDING FISH WITH HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE

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During the 79th inaugural lecture at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Prof. Ronald Omotayo Fagbuaro revealed the pressing need for legislation against breeding fish with human growth hormone. He highlighted the grave risks this practice poses to consumers.

Prof. Fagbuaro cautioned against the use of antibiotics and medications designed for human consumption in fish breeding. He pointed out that these substances accumulate in the fish’s tissues, ultimately leading to potential health hazards for those who consume them. The hazards could be the development of tumors or cancers.

To address the multifaceted challenges faced by fish farmers, Prof. Fagbuaro lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria’s commendable effort in extending loan facilities to fish farmers at minimal or zero interest rates. He called on government entities at all levels to implement additional initiatives aimed at empowering not only fish farmers but also others in the agricultural sector to combat food scarcity.

One of the major stumbling blocks in fish farming within Nigeria, as outlined by Prof. Fagbuaro, is market instability. Factors such as fluctuating prices of feeds, medications, and fingerlings for stock directly impact the revenue of farmers.

In addition, inadequate road networks, and the associated transportation costs hinder the profitability of this vital industry. Prof. Fagbuaro stressed the urgency of improving infrastructure and reducing transportation costs; proposing a linkage between fish farmers and off-takers who can offer fair prices for their produce.

Highlighting the unprecedented security challenges faced by Nigerian farmers, and the general population, Prof. Fagbuaro drew attention to the menace of kidnapping, banditry, and insurgencies. These crises have forced many farmers to withdraw from their agricultural pursuits. He urgently called on governments at all levels to address these security threats and combat the rising prices of essential commodities; including food.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Fagbuaro reinforced the critical importance of safeguarding the health and well-being of consumers: underscoring that it is a shared responsibility of both regulatory bodies and stakeholders within the agricultural sector. His lecture served as a potent call to action for a safer, more sustainable future in fish farming and agriculture at large.

 

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