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Nigeria Aims for Self-Sufficiency in Fish Production

Lucy Towers
03 February 2014, at 12:00am

NIGERIA - The Federal Government plans to increase fish production from 780,000 to three million tonnes yearly in order to reach self-sufficiency in fish production.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, said the government has identified areas of support, naming them as hatchery management and brood stock bank development.

These would lead to increased production of fish fingerlings, table fish, fish processing and marketing, she said.

Mrs Odusote said the ministry was able to profile 168 fish farmers producing table fish in 31 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), TheNation reports.

The ministry is promoting the production of male tilapia technology and other cultural fish and collaborating with the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries (NIFFR) and the National Instiute for Marine and Oceanographic Research (NIOMR) to produce about 5,000 brood stocks.

This is to develop and improve fish stocks and better fingerlings for distribution to farmers. The government, she said, will create the right environment for new businesses to prosper and grow.