Worldfish, Nigeria to boost aquaculture through diversification

ENE OKWANIHE, Abuja

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Stakeholders in the Aquaculture sector have converged on Abuja for a 2-day stakeholder’s workshop to brainstorm on measures that can be implored to boost fish production in Nigeria.

The workshop is organized by worldfish in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria.

The objectives of the workshop is to research on the measures that that can be implored to boost fish production in the country, develop a framework for Nigeria and also set a research agenda.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri while declaring the workshop open called on stakeholders in the Aquaculture sector to look into the issue of high cost of fish feed in the country.

He called on stakeholders to find means of producing cheaper fish feed that will in turn help reduce the high cost of fish production in the country.

“Part of our challenges has to do with fish feed, fish feed is apparently too expensive, it is basically imported…we need to see how we can develop a cheaper way of feeding and that will automatically affect the price of fish that will be sold to Nigeria”

Sen. Lokpobiri added that he hopes that the findings resulting from workshop will help develop the fisheries sector and further boost fish production in Nigeria in the country.

The minister further stated that the ministry is ready and willing to support the worldfish research programme to ensure the desired objectives are achieved.