Fish Farm – File Photo
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says Federal Government was putting in place measure to develop aquaculture for local consumption and export.
He told a delegation from the National Fish Association of Nigeria (NFAN) led by its National President, Dr Gabriel Ogunsanya in Abuja on Tuesday that plans were on the way to ban fish importation by 2020.
Nanono said the time had come for Nigeria to look inward to tap into the huge potential in fisheries.
He said, “In the next years, probably we will not allow the importation of fish into the country. “I know people are saying we can only rear catfish, tilapia and a few other species but I know for a fact that the consumption of catfish is very high in this country. I was made to understand that it now has export market.
If you put your head together and work hard, the future is very bright for fish producers in this country, he added.
According to Fish Feed Machinery, as of 2018, total fishery production in Nigeria reached 680,000 tons, among which aquaculture accounting for 200,000 tons.
The federal government expanded aquaculture scale and mad annual output reach 2660,000 tons to meet domestic market demand.