In a bid to increase aquaculture production in Africa, the African Development Bank through its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme intends to raise yield by five million tonnes by 2025.
The projection was disclosed by the TAAT Programme Coordinator Dr. Chrysantus Akem at a workshop organised for focal countries under the TAAT programme in Abuja.
He said the programme which is an initiative of the AfDB under the Feed Africa is targeted at increasing inland water fish to enable Africa become self-sufficient in fish production.
According to Akem, AfDB initiated the programme with 120 million dollars hoping to use it as start-up money to tap into 700 million dollars that the World Bank has made available in its African Agricultural Transformation Programme.
“This is a 10-year-programme which started in 2015 and will end in 2025,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Director of Fisheries, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muazu Mohammed, said that the country’s annual national demand for fish stood at 3.5 million tonnes.
He further stressed that the country’s total production was 1.1 million tonnes with a deficit of 2.4 million tonnes.
The workshop had in attendance fish stakeholders from Ghana, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria.