The Federal government will stop fish importation in 2022 and encourage local fish production, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono.
Speaking while receiving a delegation from the National Fish Association of Nigeria (NFAN) led by its National President, Dr. Gabriel Ogunsanya in Abuja, the minister stated that, time had come for Nigeria to look inward, and tap into the huge potential in fisheries and aquaculture for local consumption and export.
He noted that measures were already being put in place by government to actualise the plan, adding that in the next years, probably we will not allow importation of fish into the country.
According to Nanono, “This is an area that I think we can join hands and promote. We have to seriously reduce importation of fish into the country.Last year we issued about one million licenses. 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, ” .
The minister assured the association of government’s readiness to assist where necessary to move the industry forward.
Ogunsanya, while commending the minister for his commitment to moving agriculture to the next level, called for assistance in some areas and urged the minister to involve members of the association in training programmes of the ministry and other relevant agencies