ABUJA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government has put in place an arrangement to ban the importation of fish and other aquatic consumables, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Akinwumi Adesina said Wednesday.
Akinwumi said Nigeria has no business importing fish, given the huge natural and renewable resources deposited in various states across the West African country.
The government is working hard to promote increased fish production through the Aquaculture Value Chains, an initiative introduced in pursuance of the goal of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration, according to the official.
"The Aquaculture Value Chains are to create an enabling environment for increased and sustainable production of over 1 million tons of fish within the next four years, generate employment and pursue gradual reduction of fish imports," the minister said.
Under a four-year implementation plan, the Aquaculture Value Chains are expected to increase the annual production of fingerlings in the country by 1.25 billion tons, he explained, noting it would also produce 400,000 tons of fish feed, generate additional 250,000 tons of table fish and 100,000 tons of value added fish products.
"Fish farming is a business venture with lots of potential investment opportunities and a veritable tool for increased fish production, poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods," the minister added.