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Over 10m Nigerians are Actively Engaged in Fishery Operation – Agric Minister

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said over 10 million Nigerians are actively engaged in primary and secondary fisheries operations, stating that it would lead to the reduction of fish importation, an increase in local production, and fast track the economic growth.

The Information officer II, Mohammed Abdullahi Gana in a statement on Saturday said the Minister made this known at the closing ceremony of the Second Dialogue and Sensitization Meeting on Fisheries Governance Project (FISHGOV 2) with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

According to the statement, Dr. Abubakar pointed out that the fisheries and aquaculture subsector was 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.

He revealed that “to boost local production in order to reduce imports, Federal Government was encouraging backward integration through commercial aquaculture production for local consumption and export, which is yielding positive results.’’

The Minister added that the Federal Government had introduced measures to enable the fishery subsector to gain the desired prominence which includes; Establishment of a vessel monitoring system (VMS) in Lagos and Abuja to monitor and control illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing along with Nigeria’s continental shelf, Fish farm clusters to increase fish production and engage the teeming youth and women, Fish storage, processing, and marketing project to increase shelf life -keeping quality among others.

He urged the stakeholders to come up with sustainable and practicable Governance strategies for implementation in order to boost Fish production in Africa.

In his remark, the Acting Director, Africa Union Interafican Bureau for Animal Resources Dr. Nick Nwankpa explained that ‘’the overall objective of the meeting was to discuss, identify and map initiatives that are relevant and complementary to fisheries and aquaculture activities, agree on a framework for internal coordination on issues relating to fisheries, aquaculture, and related disciples’’.

One of the Stakeholders, a representative of the European Union, Eulade Mboneye pointed out that the Fishery Governance Project Phase 2 recognized the importance of institutional collaboration and coordination for the sustainable exploitation, and management of fishery, aquaculture and other blue economy resources, the statement added.

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