By Tata Mbunwe
Buea now has ultra-modern fish farm capable of producing about 1 million fish every three months, an initiative of Teks Global, a company specialized in food security.
The fish farm, located at Bokwai in Buea, was inaugurated last week in an occasion chaired by Teks Global’s CEO, Teke Samuel.
He told reporters the fish farm “can produce minimum of 1 million fingerlings within three months… So we have a capacity that can carry our population to an extent and we have plans to expand as much as we can.”
“It’s an idea that came up when I discovered that almost every fish that’s eaten in Cameroon is imported. I do think that if you look at the cost of logistics and transportation we can actually save a lot if we can cut that cost. So we decided to engage into a fish farm project knowing that fish also is very nutritious as far as our system is concerned,” Teke said.
The fish farm contains three types of fish including cat fish, black and red tilapia. According to the General Manager of the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, Frankline Ngone Njie, the initiative is visionary, as it solves the unemployment problem.
“All of us grew up having that problem. Growing up, we knew that you go to school, excel and when we leave school we come back to be employed by the government. The reality with this world is that despite the goodwill the government has, the government cannot absorb all of us seeking employment,” Ngone Njie said.
“And everywhere else in the world where we it has succeeded, the government is not the person that plays that role of employment. Success, development lies in the private enterprise and this is an example of private enterprise.
Entrepreneurship and it is fantastic to see it being born by the youth, a young man who has a vision…,” he added.
The fish farm, Teke Samuel said, is among the projects Teks Global is carrying out to ensure both job and food security in Cameroon. Amid widespread unemployment in Cameroon, he said youths should embrace entrepreneurship
“Your job cannot actually make you who you want to be. So for you to actually realize your dreams, you have to start thinking enterprising. And so I’m telling the Cameroonian youths jobs are not our problem, our mind is our problem. Let’s start recreating our minds and we will create jobs for ourselves and provide jobs for those who are looking for jobs.”