The Federal Government, Thursday, expressed concern over challenges bedeviling fish production in the country.
This was stated in a keynote address delivered by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Nanono, at the ‘National Dialogue on Transformation and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria’.
Nanono also acknowledged and pointed out the important role of fish in food and nutrition security, being a good source of protein for the human diet containing essential amino acids required by humans in the right quantities which are usually lacking in most national staple foods. “Fish, therefore, remains a valuable nutritional supplement and a virile candidate for addressing food and nutrition security in Nigeria.”
He also commended organizers of the dialogue and said the programme is taking into cognizance the current drive towards increasing domestic fish production to reduce importation of frozen fish into the country, which development of the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture sector is highly critical at this time.
He added that the outcome of the dialogue will feed into the development of a consolidated country report.
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