Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who started his fish farm early last year, now sells more than 8,000 kilogrammes (over 8 metric tonnes) of fish to wholesale buyers on weekly basis.
Located at the Aviation Village, behind the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the farm is now a beehive of activities with fish buyers trooping there.
The sales manager, who identified himself simply as Mr Johnson, said the farm sells fish to buyers on Mondays and Thursdays, adding that the quantity sold used to depend on the number of ponds harvested.
According to him, the fish are categorised into three: large size, weighing 2kg and above, medium size, weighing between 1kg and 2kg and small size which falls below a kilogramme.
Johnson stated that a kilograme of the large fish size was sold for between N650 to N700; medium size goes for N590 to N600 while the small size are sold between N500 to N520.
He said the farm dealt with only wholesale buyers who had the capacity to buy from 1 metric tonnes and above.
When the reporter visited the selling point created near the farm’s gate, he saw hundreds of containers and more than ten vehicles loading fish while many others were said to have left.
Although the reporter was not allowed access to the main ponds inside the farm, some workers said the farm had large ponds using aerators to purify the water and supply oxygen to help the fish grow faster.
However the sales team leader said that those wishing to buy two metric tonnes and above had to notify the farm.
Some of the wholesale buyers who spoke to the Daily Trust said they visit the farm on Mondays and Thursday s to buy fish which they sell to other retailers in the Kado Fish Market and other markets in and around the Federal Capital Territory.
A source, however, told our reporter the farm was still under the management of the Chinese company SCC, which constructed the farm. But this claim cannot be independently verified by the reporter as staff were not willing to talk on the matter.