The National Institute for Fresh water Fishery Research NIFFR New Bussa has engaged stakeholders for a master plan to strengthen value chain operations towards self sufficiency in fish production in Nigeria.
The executive director of NIFFR Dr Agustine Okaeme represented by director, project, Dr Nathaniel Bankole stated this at the meeting with the stakeholders at the headquarters of the research institute in New Bussa, Niger state.
He said to strengthen the value chain, the process had been categorized into micro, medium and macro levels.
Consequently he stated that the institute decided to bring together all categories of chain operators in fish production ranging from fish farmers, business operators, corporative societies and service providers as well as institutions and policy making bodies from local, state and federal government levels to boost value chain in fish production.
Okaeme, who underscored the importance of research into genetic improvement for fish and other aquatic resources production, stated that the move was to ensure accessible and affordable fish production in the country through already established value chain initiative.
According to him, the objective was to brainstorm and cross fertilize ideas on the way forward on achieving sufficiency in fish and agriculture development in Nigeria.
Okaeme said that a master plan that will enhance development of fresh water fisheries in line with the policy was in the pipeline.