Worried by the low level of development in aquaculture in Nigeria, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has expressed the readiness of the present administration to increase the level of fish production and aquaculture in the country.
The Minister stated this when he received in audience a 4 – man delegation of World Fish officials led by the Country Representative Director Dr. Harrison Chris Karisa in his office on Monday. Sen. Lokpobiri who was happy to receive the delegation stated that “Nigeria is poised to change the narrative in fish and aquaculture. We need to maximize the limited time to achieve world fish initiative”.
The Minister noted that Nigeria’s investment in Agriculture increased to 100 Billion Naira increase in 2017 from 15 billion Naira it was in 2015 and expressed optimism that sustainable fish production will also boost national revenue as well as serve as remedies of malnutrition and protein deficiency intake in Nigeria.
He assured the delegation that the country will partner the World Fish which is a highly reputable and respected organization as expert in the production of Tilapia which is more affordable for the poor masses .
Earlier, one of the delegates, Professor Yusuf Abubakar has expressed the desire of his organization to establish a Nigerian country office with more emphasis on boosting Tilapia fish industry in Nigeria, saying the country has lesson to learn from Egypt which today is the 3rd world producer of Tilapia fish
Professor Abubakar also said the Fish Research Organization would also build capacities of the Research Institutes which would in turn enhance the capacity of small holder farmers for a new programme in Tilapia fish production. He assured that Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation is ready to fund the proposed Word Fish Centre Nigeria fishing programmme.
The visit by the delegation of World Fish Organization to the Ministry was a build up to the 2 day stakeholders’ workshop on development of World Fish Research in Nigeria which is being organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with World Fish .
Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa Mrs.
For: Director Information
March 19, 2018