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Youths embrace fishing in Kebbi

No fewer than 1,000 youths in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State have embraced fishing as a means of livelihood in the past six months.

The Head of Fish Farmers in the area, Alhaji Bello Labaran, Labaran told journalists in Yauri that the youths embraced the business to end over dependency on others.

He noted that fishing in the area as lucrative, adding that the activity had ready market within and outside the country.

According to him, some of the youths resorted to fishing, having discovered the economic potential of the business.

"Some of the youths initially felt shy but economic benefits enjoyed by the few who embraced the trade attracted many others."

Labaran said that the demand for fish was more than the supply, leading to significant profit.

According to him, fishermen augment the supply by buying smoked fish from Niger and Benin Republics as well as Burkina Faso.

In a separate interview, the acting Leader of the Fresh Fish Marketers, Malam Zaki Zaria, said membership of the group had increased to 170.

Zaria said that the members employed between three and four assistants for a fee of between N700 and N1,000 daily.

He said that a  major challenge in the industry was the use of unethical methods by selfish fishermen.