The Federal Government has affirmed the increase in fish production from 800 metric tonnes to 1.1 million metric tonnes.
Speaking at the inaugural harvest of Tilapia fish, by Premium Aquaculture Ltd. at their Oyan dam facility in Abeokuta recently, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said increase in fish production in the country was the direct result of the government’s policy of backward integration which encourages local fish production and reduction in fish importation.
“We can confirm that fish production in Nigeria has increased from 800 metric tonnes in 2015 to the current supply of 1.1 million metric tonnes, and we will continue to upscale production to meet the deficit of 2.1 million metric tonnes”, the Minister noted.
“This increase”, Lokpobiri noted, “was achieved through the policy of backward integration of breeding fish locally, thereby reducing importation to cut the pressure on forex”.
Reiterating the Federal Government’s commitment to the aquaculture industry, Lokpobiri urged investors to venture into the sub-sector.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Premium Aquaculture Limited, Mr. Prakash Aildasani seized the occasion to underscore his organization’s plans to supply 10 to 12 million fingerlings to trained outgrowers who would be expected to scale up productivity in the fisheries industry.
The Farm Manager of Premium Aquaculture Limited, Mr. Govindaraju Siddangangiah also said plans are underway to increase production to 20,000 metric tonnes in the next five years.