Atlantic Shrimpers Limited (ASL) has opened its state-of-the-art shrimp farm in Iworo-Ajido, a rural community in Badagry, Lagos.
The shrimp farm, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, will boost Nigeria’s production capacity in the seafood market. It will hatch, nurture and process shrimps to serve Nigeria and the export market.
Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, noted that the call for investments in the agriculture sector had been answered by ASL.
“The Nigerian Government is keen on supporting local investments in agriculture. We must start looking inwards and encourage development in areas where Nigeria has a competitive advantage.
“ASL has led the way by building this impressive facility. This farm will employ many Nigerians and will help the Nigerian economy generate foreign exchange when the products are exported. It will also go a long way to address food security.
“ASL has addressed several needs in Nigeria through this state-of-the-art facility and Lagos is proud to play host to it,” Suarau said.
Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Executive Director, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, who said ASL has been one of the country’s top 20 export companies in the last six years, noted that the investment would create jobs and grow the economy.
“We have to replicate projects like this with the private sector.This is what we need, transformational projects that can drive Nigeria out of its recession.
“We are, therefore, proud to be associated with Atlantic Shrimpers Limited in view of its commitment to non-oil export,” Awolowo said.