Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono has said fish importation into the country may soon be prohibited.
This according to Punch was part of the efforts by the Federal Government to encourage local farming of fish.
Nanono while hosting a delegation from the National Fish Association of Nigeria led by its President Dr Gabriel Ogunsanya recently said it’s time for Nigeria to harness its huge potential in the aquatic sector for local consumption and export while noting that the government had put measures in place to actualise the vision.
“Last year, we issues about one million licences. This year, I virtually cut it into half.
“I hope next year we will further cut it so that in the next two years we may rely entirely on what we produce here.
“Since you are producers and probably processors, it is important to take note of your development in the fish sector towards this,” he said.
Speaking further he said:” In the next year’s, 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 most of the white fish they know do well here”.
He pledged support to the association in their quest to work with the government in making the vision a reality.
Like an icing on a cake, the Apex body of catfish farmers had towards the end of 2019 applauded the closure of the borders saying it’s a blessing to their trade.
According to a report by agronigeria, the National President of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), Rotimi Oloye said so many success stories have trailed the border closure.
He said there we lot of illegal activities before the border closure which was an inhibition to the growth of poultry and fish business in Nigeria .He however revealed that since the borders got closed, fish farmers have gone back to work with increased volume of production.
He further assured that the farmers will strive to be at their best in meeting the volume for local consumption and export.
By Francis Ogwo
Sources- punch NIGERIA