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FAO Supports Shrimp Farming in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome has thrown its weight behind shrimps farming in Nigeria.

This, according to FAO, would enable unemployed youths who take to Okada riding and other tedious manual labour to avail themselves the opportunity of the new technique for shrimps farming being taught by the FAO.

FAO Aquatic Resource Manager, Jim Miller and one of the fisheries experts who gathered at a workshop in Lagos to draw regulations to guide investors on shrimps farming in Nigeria said that the shrimps farming worth $200 million investment will kick start with about 20 farmers cutting across the country by June.

The aim of the workshop was to get a working paper that can allow the implementation of an environmentally friendly and sustainable shrimp farming industry in Nigeria. The Three-Day workshop on Shrimp Aquaculture Programme in Nigeria was organized by the Sulalanka Nigeria Ltd. in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome, to produce a National Guideline for Shrimp Farming Development in the country

The workshop theme is "shrimp aquaculture Program in Nigeria: Inland farming of Marine Black Tiger shrimp." Mr. Upali Karunaratna, CEO, Sulalanka Nig Ltd said the major issue is to form guidelines and regulations to monitor the Industry "No matter what knowledge you have with limits of financial and management resources to the sky high, if no regulations are stipulated and made mandatory, its inevitable that the industry will perish sooner than later," he said

Source: All Africa