As parts of efforts to boost fisheries production in Nigeria, the Federal Government said it is partnering with the Ogun State Government to bolster aquaculture, stressing that the current 1.1 million metric tonnes is not sufficient to meet the demands of Nigerians.
The partnership was disclosed by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Heineken Lokpobiri, during the commissioning of four projects built by the ministry in Eriwe, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
In his remarks, the minister represented by his media aide, George Oji, stated that the projects were intended to make the estate a real fish farming cluster where the farmers will fully appropriate all the advantages of the fish farming value chain.
The aide explained that the Federal Government was particularly interested in the state because the success of agriculture in Ogun is also the success of agriculture in Nigeria.
“There is still a lot that needs to be done because our national demand is about 3.5 million metric tonnes and we are producing only about 1.1 million metric tonnes, which means that we are only producing about one-third of our national demand.” he added
The Eriwe fish farms, which has over 3,000 fish ponds scattered over an estimated 156 hectares of land area, with an average fish farming production turnover of about 2,500 metric tonnes annually and income generation of about N2 billion annually, is the biggest fish farming estate in Africa.
The projects commissioned include fishing farm estate, feed mill, cold room, fish market and the processing unit.