2021: Lagos To Increase Fish Production By 60,000MT – Olusanya


LAGOS – Lagos State Government has affirmed that it will increase its fish production by nothing less than 60,000 metric tonnes in 2021 to bridge the huge deficit in order to meet the state’s demand for fish.

Abisola Olusanya, Commissioner for Agriculture in the State, dropped this hint on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the forthcoming Lagos Seafood Festival slated to hold on Sunday, December 13 at the Muri Okunola Park, Lagos with the theme; ‘Harnessing Lagos Seafood Potentials in a Post-Covid Economy’.

She said Lagos currently produces about 174,000 metric tonnes of fish annually while the current demand stood at over 400,000 metric tonnes, hence the need to address the huge deficit of over 226,000metric tonnes, adding that the additional 60,000 metric tonnes of fish would include both fingerlings and table size production to what already exist in Lagos.

“In terms of the target, we just ended our five-year master plan roadmap strategy document which will be unveiled by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the plan is to cover the deficit by a certain percentage.

“Already, the Lagos Aquaculture Center for Excellence which was mentioned during Mr. Governor’s budget reading states that for the project alone, we should be adding over 60,000 metric tonnes of fish, both fingerlings and table size production to what exists already in Lagos.

“Outside of what we want to do with our fisher-folks in terms of them increasing production and aquaculture producers as well in terms of the support, we will like to give to them and create additional farm estates,” she added.

Olusanya said that the theme was carefully selected to align with the attainment of the fourth pillar of the State’s THEMES Development Agenda and the need to rebuild the economy of the state in view of the adverse impact of the lockdown occasioned by the global Covid-19 pandemic earlier in the year.

“It is envisaged that synergic relationships for the overall development of the seafood sub sector will be initiated with fisher-folks for regular supply of fisheries products during and after the festival,” she said.

Olusanya said that the celebration of the Lagos Seafood Festival started in 2012 with the aim of showcasing Lagos aquaculture and seafood potentials to the local and international markets as well as stimulate investors’ interest in the fisheries business.

She noted that the state has a total of 8844 registered fishermen in 164 fishermen-cooperative societies who live in 352 fishing communities, adding that 3,600 fish farmers, 26,500 processors have been identified in the value chain.

Source: Daily Independent

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