Nigeria’s catfish sector capable of alleviating poverty, says FAO
If well-developed, Nigeria’s catfish sector could offer better jobs and alleviate poverty without additional burden on the environment.
The above was the submission of representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (FAO), Fred Kafeero, at the FISH4ACP planning workshop in Lagos.
Nigeria is one of the 12 nations where FISH4ACP, an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) is being implemented by FAO with funding from the European Union (EU) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to make fish value chains more productive and sustainable.
Kafeero, who was represented by National Project Officer, FISH4ACP in Nigeria, Abubakar Usman, said FAO expects the presentation of a 10-year plan that will revolutionise the catfish sub-sector in the country.
He said FAO “is happy to support Nigeria’s ambition to increase and improve its domestic catfish production and value addition,” adding that FISH4ACP’s value chain approach was on how FAO’s core objectives of better production, better nutrition, environment and life could be realisable in world’s most populous black nation.
Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ime Umoh, reiterated the importance government places on aquaculture sector as a driving force for wealth and job creation.