The Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) has said that there is need to properly engage the private sector to attain food sufficiency and aquaculture sustainability.
This is contained in a communique reached after the society’s National Fisheries Conference held recently.
The communique read in part: “Opportunities abound in Nigeria for operators in fisheries and aquaculture industry; and so off-takers and producers need to know each other.
The annual fish demand in Nigeria is 3.5 million metric tonnes, while annual production from all sources (artisan, culture and industrial) is 1.1 million metric tonnes, thus, leaving a yawning gap of 2.4 million metric tonnes.
That is made up for, through import, and also to meet with the annual demand and ensure food security.
The fisheries and aquaculture industries must be owned and run by private practitioners, while government should provide an enabling environment’’.
The stakeholders at the forum also called for continuous training, workshops and collaboration between government and non-state actors, for the growth of the industry.
Dr. Lukman Agbabiaka, National President of FISON, noted that there should be product diversity in aquaculture.
The National Fisheries Conference hosted by the society was in collaboration with the Federal Department of Fisheries with the theme: “Harnessing the Potential of Non-States Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in West Africa”.
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