The Guardian (Nigeria)

FG, Stakeholde­rs Partner To Curb Fish Importatio­n

- From Joke Falaju, Abuja

THE Federal Government and other stakeholde­rs have expressed concern over 2.5 million metric tonnes of fish imported into the country yearly.

They said despite abundant aquatic resources in the country, Nigeria produces less than one million metric tonnes of fish from both aquatic and artisanal sources as against the 3.6 million tonnes yearly demand.

The Minister of Agricultur­e

and Rural Developmen­t, Sabo Nanono, while speaking during the National Dialogue on Transforma­tion and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria, said there was a renewed drive by the Federal Government to increase domestic fish production to reduce importatio­n of frozen fish.

The Minister said the government was willing to engage and partner with stakeholde­rs for the developmen­t of the sector for economic developmen­t, wealth and job creation as well as food and nutrition security.

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