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FG Targets 3.6m Tons of Fisheries Annually to Boost Local Production, Income Generation

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The Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FMARD, Dr. Sampson Umoh said Federal Government has targeted 3.6million Tons of fisheries annually to boost local production and income generation amongst others.

Asst. Chief Information Officer, Mrs. Anthonia Eremah in a statement on Wednesday said the Director made this known during the Second Dialogue and Sensitization Meeting on Fisheries Governance Project 2 (FishGov2) with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

The statement quoted the Director saying: “Fisheries and aquaculture subsector is very significant to the Nigerian economy in terms of employment creation, income generation, poverty alleviation, foreign exchange earnings and provision of raw materials for the animal feed industry.

“It was estimated that over 10 million Nigerians were actively engaged in primary and secondary Fisheries operations, thus creating wealth and increasing production.

“Nigeria‘s total demand for Fish is 3.6 Million tons annually while we are producing 1.1 Million tons from all sources (Artisanal, Aquaculture, and Industrial sectors) leaving a deficit of about 2.5 million tons, the Ministry is working hard in collaboration with the private sector to enhance local production in order to reduce imports.

“The Federal Government (FG) is encouraging backward integration through commercial aquaculture production (pond and cage culture) for local consumption and export, adding that it will yield positive results.”

He, therefore, stated that it was gratifying to note the measures the FG had introduced to drive the Fisheries subsector, which includes; the establishment of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) in Lagos and Abuja to monitor and control illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing along with Nigeria Continental Shelf, Fish storage processing and Marketing amongst others.

The Director, further revealed that all these programs are tailored toward the prevention of youth restiveness, and food and nutrition security, adding that the recommendations from the workshop would help to improve governance mechanisms for maximum productivity.

According to the statement, the Acting Director, African Union – Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU- IBAR), Dr.  Nick Nwankpa explained that the Fisheries Governance Project 2 meeting would appraise and update the RECs on the current status and progress of projects implemented as part of an established mechanism for regular dialogue on emerging issues of the FishGov2 as well as the exchange of information for synergies and complementary between the continental intervention and regional priorities with regard to Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.

In his remarks, the European Union Representative, Eulade Mboneye pointed out that “this second dialogue offers a good opportunity to ensure that the RECs have a common understanding of the FishGov project objectives and outcomes, share experiences as well as understand their contribution towards successful implementation’’.

He, therefore, pledged the continuous support of the EU towards the governance of the Fisheries and Aquaculture subsector, the statement added.

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