Imani Development was requested by Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FML) to prepare a proposal for the development of an Aquaculture scheme at their Sunti Golden Sugar Estate (SGSE) in Niger State, Nigeria. The estate is located along a floodplain of the Niger River, and currently irrigates its sugarcane with water from this source. A number of communities are located nearby, relying on the river as a source of protein and livelihoods.

The construction of a dyke and canal system has disrupted the natural prevalence of fish in the river and associated bodies of water, and particularly the seasonal stocking of these water systems. As a result, local reliance on these fish stocks has been
negatively impacted. In order to address this, FML is investigating the possibility of setting up a community-focused aquaculture scheme. It is anticipated that the scheme would focus on producing fingerlings to stock the affected bodies of water.

However, in order to thoroughly and adequately assess the situation and to prepare a responsive technical and financial proposal for the design and development of this scheme, a scoping mission was undertaken under the first contract (Mar – May 2018). Upon completion of the scoping mission, the second contract (Jun 2018 – May 2019) called for the provision of Technical Assistance in the design and implementation of an integrated aquaculture and community development programme at the Estate.

Services undertaken for this assignment were split between the two contracts, were as follows:

Scoping Mission (Contract 1):
• Review of previous scoping and design documentation and desk-based literature review;
• Undertaking an in-country scoping mission, covering:
o Technical assessment of the physical estate;
o Assessment of aquaculture opportunities and requirements;
o Assessment of available inputs for aquaculture ponds;
o Stakeholder engagement with client and community leaders;

• Preparation of a scoping report, covering:
o Advisory reflections on the technical feasibility of establishing a community aquaculture scheme (options of viable production systems, species, and operational inputs);
o Recommendations on vertical integration of the scheme;
o Indication on the technical and managerial requirements of the scheme;
o Identification of availability of aquaculture inputs (feed, fingerlings, equipment suppliers);
o Stakeholder Map (including potential donors and other relevant stakeholders)

Technical Assistance in the Design and Implementation of a Community Aquaculture Scheme (Contract 2):

• Design of programme, pond and related infrastructure, preparation of budgets and action plans for construction and operationalisation;
• Preparation of a Management Guidebook containing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), indicative staffing requirements, management guidelines, feeding and pond management schedules (including daily, weekly, monthly, and cyclical management activities), and reporting templates;
• Preparation of a Management Training Reference Guide and a Community Aquaculture and Engagement Reference Guide;
• In-country Training of Trainers with client and identified community stakeholders and representatives;
• Ongoing monitoring of pond and community engagement performance through the first production cycle;
• Ad-hoc technical and managerial support during the first production cycle.