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20% increase in catfish production by 2032

20% increase in catfish production by 2032
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A ten-year plan strategy has been devised to improve Nigeria’s catfish sector.

Nigeria is the largest producer of African catfish, one of the most valuable commercial freshwater fish species in Africa, in the world. It ranks the most popular and highly demanded fish on the local market. As the demand for fish grows significantly beyond domestic production, Nigeria works towards becoming self-sufficient in fish production. Also, because of its creation of job opportunities and business opportunities for women and youth, Nigeria, the giant of Africa, prioritizes aquaculture.

The Nigerian catfish sector, apart from providing income, also provides healthy food to millions of people inside and outside Nigeria. According to the value chain analysis conducted by FISH4ACP and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the production of the Nigerian catfish accumulated to an estimated 1,260,000 tons in 2019. 80% of the production is derived from the ponds of about 2.5 million subsistence farmers who use half for consumption and sell the remaining half to earn income.

Improvement of catfish, in quantity and quality.

Nigeria is one of the twelve countries where FISH4ACP, an initiative of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with funding from the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry For Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), works to make fish value chains more productive and sustainable. This initiative also contributes to food and nutrition security, economic prosperity, and job creation by ensuring the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific States.

On the 29th of June, 2022, a ten-year plan for the sustainable development of Nigeria’s catfish sector was presented during a meeting in Abuja. The director of fisheries and aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ime S. Umoh, stated that the livelihood of millions of people depends on the production of catfish. Also, he stressed that the goal is to improve domestic catfish production, in quantity and in quality, while creating better job opportunities for citizens without doing any harm to the environment.

Provision of job opportunities for millions of small-scale farmers.

Also, represented by the Deputy Director, Planning, FMARD, Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar, said that the improvement of the Nigerian economy lies in Nigeria’s huge catfish sector because it offers good jobs without placing burden on the environment. The International Partnerships Officer of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Nigeria, Mrs. Urszula Solkiewicz, affirmed the plan for the creation of a more sustainable catfish sector in Nigeria. The execution of the plan will make a difference in Nigeria’s catfish sector.

The strategy for the development of Nigeria’s catfish sector was developed by the global fish value chain development initiative FISH4ACP, together with stakeholders from the Nigerian catfish sector. It is designed to bring about a better quality and boost the production of fresh and processed catfish, while providing more income and job opportunities for millions of small-scale farmers and workers. In addition, it bids for a climate-adapted approach that would reduce environmental and health impacts.

There would be a 30% increase in the benefit of catfish by 2032.

According to the foreshadowing of the plan, by 2032, there would be a 20 percent increase of catfish production that would yield a 30 percent increase in benefit, particularly for small-scale aquaculture producers. Also, there would be a boost in employment by 10 percent and improvement of the health of workers as a result of the reduction of air pollution. Deforestation would likewise be discouraged, while there would be protection of waters and wildlife. About 50 stakeholders and experts concerned about Nigeria’s catfish aquaculture, having discussed the strategy, will deliberate on a set of concrete activities to implement them.

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Ask Nigeria
Ask Nigeria
5 months ago

20% increase in catfish production by 2032A ten-year plan strategy has been devised to improve Nigeria’s catfish sector.Express your point of view.

Ask Nigeria
Ask Nigeria
5 months ago

20% increase in catfish production by 2032A ten-year plan strategy has been devised to improve Nigeria’s catfish sector.Express your point of view.

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Mercy unisex saloon
5 months ago

Fishing industry in Nigeria should be of equal level with crude oil if only more attention is giving to fishing. This is good rewards for the nation because other sources of wealth are mostly ignored by the government. Seeing this growth in the fishing industry can open the gateway for other resources of the land if the government do it right.

jdpumping
jdpumping
5 months ago

The ten year plan by the fishing sector I hope it can be work on and well.managed because of lots of benefits that can be derived from the plan,catfish rearing is so significant and practised virtually all round the country and the consumption as food is high so if the government can put in more effort for the sustainability of the plan then a better result will be achieved in the area of job creation.

AN-Usman
Member
5 months ago

The aquaculture sector’s resources were not well utilized from the start. If only the government had paid more attention to the sector, it would have developed more than this and would be a triumph for our economy, helping it to boost more. The ten-year plan orchestrated will really yield more profit along with a lot of benefit to the country.

theApr
theApr
5 months ago

Agriculture in general has always had potential to be of great benefit when well managed. Hopefully this plan be effective as possible. Let the economy boost.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
5 months ago

Ten year plan I hope it work, if it work it will benefit the country and improve economy on the sector. More attention should be pay in this sector and improve other sector like wise

Abusi
Abusi
5 months ago

I hope this strategy to improve catfish production by 20% before 2032 comes to reality. This is because we are fond of being reactive and not proactive enough to tackle national issues that affects us. With the investment in the fish industry, we will be able to supply enough fishes like catfish and even export them abroad. It will also help generate revenue to the government.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
5 months ago

Catfish has been very resourceful to us all by providing us with healthy and quality feeding; we need to do more for the sector

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
5 months ago

It is recommended that a model be developed to improve the overall quality of catfish and to increase the number of catfish that are processed to increase sales.

AN-Abiodun
Member
5 months ago

The 10 years plan will really go a long way to boost the catfish production sector.

As this will also contribute to the agricultural sector as a whole.

With the support of stakeholders, this should be a visible project.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
5 months ago

Cat fish farming has really helped our economy; it has helped provide food and jobs to the people, which has been beneficial

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
5 months ago

The ten year plan by the fishing sector is good. And if it’s
well managed,
The country to supply enough fishes like catfish and even export them abroad. It will also help generate revenue to the government and benefits will be derived from it

eeing this growth in the fishing industry can open the gateway for other resources of the land if the government do it right.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
5 months ago

The ten-year strategy that has been devised will significantly develop the fishing sector more and boost profitability while also benefiting the whole country. However, since the fisheries sector has many benefits, the government should work to improve it.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
5 months ago

We need to have more than a 20 per cent increase in catfish production by 2032 because this is a sector that is really blossoming at the moment in terms of income

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
5 months ago

Efficient catfishing will also lead to a climate-adapted method that, if taken, would have fewer adverse effects on the environment and people’s health.

Christiana
Christiana
5 months ago

This is definitely a plan to improve Nigeria’s economy, increasing the production of catfish will definitely help to generate more income in the country.the government should endeavour to support this plan

Bola12
Bola12
5 months ago

Finally we’d get to improve the agricultural sector. This is the diversification plan this country needs , not concentrating on just the oil sector. Considering the fact that a lot of benefits are attached to it and employment issues will be solved then this plan should be fully supported

Remi1
Remi1
5 months ago

There would be less of a push toward deforestation, and the rivers and local fauna would be better protected as a direct result of increased production at fishing.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
5 months ago

The production of catfish in Naija should be increased, both in terms of quantity and quality, and greater employment possibilities should be created for locals. All of this should be accomplished without causing any harm to the natural environment.

Khalifa001
Khalifa001
5 months ago

That a win for us in Nigeria really shows we have improved in our agricultural research and how we think in the agricultural sectors and also with 20% increase in years that a sign of improvement

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
5 months ago

Cat fishing has been a major source of income for people in the rural areas this development will be very crucial and beneficial to them.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
5 months ago

The ten year plan by the fishing sector is good. And if it’s well managed, The country to supply enough fishes like catfish and even export them abroad. It will also help generate revenue to the government and benefits will be derived from it.
This growth in the fishing industry can be a door for other forgotten resources.

Last edited 5 months ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
5 months ago

This is a wonderful plan. Our country’s economy will improve drastically if this plan is being worked on.if this is being worked on I’m very sure that the rate of poverty will reduce to an extent

Yomii
Yomii
5 months ago

Our aquaculture sector needs severe financial backing and support from the government because it has the potential to become a dominant market in the international scene.

Last edited 5 months ago by Yomii
Adeolastan
Adeolastan
5 months ago

The initiative of increase the production of catfish by local and international organisations in Nigeria is a welcome development considering how the business has better the life of thousands of people involve in the business because it create job and and lots of people generate income from the business,with the involvement of this organisations to expand the catfish business,many more people will be out of poverty.

DimOla
DimOla
5 months ago

The ten-year plan strategy devised by the global fish value chain development initiative FISH4ACP, together with stakeholders from the Nigerian catfish sector will positively impact the Nigerian catfish sector if implemented.
The major challenges confronting businesses in Nigeria is government policies. Of course if this goes through will provide jobs and reduce the level of poverty in Nigeria. It would have been better if government policies can be complimenting.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
5 months ago

That is a good move by FISH4ACP and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to devise ten years strategy of improving and increasing Catfish production in Nigeria. These will greatly impact our country positively and provide jobs and ensure steady income for individuals or companies.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
5 months ago

Very good, it will improve our economy. Catfish business is lucrative