Nigeria Hosts Aquaculture Experts

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Fish farming is fast gaining ground and becoming a very popular vacation for Nigerians of all ages.

The fish sector is still comparatively underdeveloped in Nigeria as most fish farmers  rely on imported inputs such as fish meal, fish feed, fish health supplies. Consequently the cost of production is high and the venture becomes unprofitable. Some fish farmers just manage to break even.

Some other problems bedevilling the fisheries sector include inadequate and expensive fingerlings of questionable quality, which makes farmers want to produce their own fingerlings

There is hardly any specialization in the aquaculture sector when compared with other subsectors like Poultry and vegetable production

In order to address the issues plaguing the fisheries sector, experts in the field of aquaculture from the Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) gathered recently in Lagos under the World Bank assisted program, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP).

The objective of WAAPP is to improve agricultural productivity in the sub-region as well as encourage integrated development of agricultural research into technological generation.

Addressing the gathering, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, said aquaculture plays a very significant role in the Nigerian agricultural economy as it offers employment to millions of people along its divergent value chain.

She added that it was on the basis of its role that the ministry created the fisheries and aquaculture value chains under the Agriculture Transformation Agenda.

“The main emphasis of these value chains is to create an enabling environment for increased and sustainable production of over one million tons of fish and gradual reduction of fish imports which lead to conserving foreign exchange.”

Odusote disclosed that the fisheries and aquaculture value chain is set to increase the annual production of fingerlings by 1.25million; 400,000 tons of fish feed and an additional 250,000 tons of table fish, and 10,000 tons of value added fish and fisheries products.

 

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: yemisiakibu@gmail.com or info@belvynaglobal.com Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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