The Federal Government recently launched fish farms in Rivers, Ekiti, Borno, Imo, Katsina, Nasarawa states, as well as Abuja to aid smooth quality of fish farming in the country.
Revealing this during the 2017 World Food Day celebration, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh said this was in tandem with the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) aimed at eliminating the $5million the nation spent annually on fish importation.
He further informed the public of the FG’s establishment of the National Aquaculture Certification Centre. He said that the government has ensured the nationwide standardization and certification of fish farms and processing facilities in compliance with HACCP.
He added that more than 200 kilns have been distributed by the ministry to selected fish markets and farmers nationwide in order to boost shelf life, promote preservation and reduce post-harvest loss in fish production and processing in the country.
Ogbeh, also noted that up to 33 silos complexes with a combined capacity of 1,360,000 metric tonnes and 48 commodity warehouses have been constructed in various parts of the country.