Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has asked Fish farmers in the country to embrace new technology in order to increase their yields.
He said the only way fish farmers in the country can improve their yield is for them to change their traditional farming method and embrace new technology like their counterparts from other parts of the world.
The minister noted that with over 200 different fish species that abound in the nation’s coastal waters, Nigerian fish farmers should take advantage of the huge local and foreign markets, as well as Government support to bridge the gap in fish production in the country.
Lokpobiri insisted that it is only by embracing new technology that fish farmers can end fish importation into the country, as well as be competitive with their counterparts globally.
Special adviser on media to the minister, George Oji in a statement, said Lokpobiri gave this task to fish farmers when he (minister) received a technical team from Olam Grains who came to show-case some investment opportunities and new application of technology in the mariculture sub-sector of our economy in his office at the weekend in Abuja.
The minister, according to the statement, used the opportunity to assure fish farmers in the country of his ministry’s readiness to do everything legally possible to collaborate and partner with them in order to grow the aqua culture business in the country, with huge potentials.
“The ministry will do everything legally possible to collaborate with you, including in the area of policy support to ensure that the huge gap in fish production in the country is bridged.
“If we partner with you, you will be able to upscale your production and bridge the huge gap in local fish consumption as well as the large export potentials that abound in the country,” the minister said.
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