BY EBELE ORAKPO
Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), has called for investment in the production of fish feeds in the country, saying that four million metric tonnes of fish feed are required for sufficiency in fish production.
CFAN President, Chief Tayo Akingbolagun made this call in Lagos at the official launching of Vital Fish Feeds by Grand Cereals Limited.
Members of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), at the weekend in Lagos officially endorsed Vital Fish Feeds from the stables of Grand Cereals Limited.
He said the Vital Fish Feed was the outcome of collaboration between CFAN and Grand Cereals Limited. He said, “CFAN and Grand Cereals have worked together for almost two years, perfecting production of this high quality fish feed. We conducted the necessary tests and both local and international reputable laboratories are satisfied with the results. We decided to honour Vital Fish Feed with our endorsement and this confirms that we are partners in progress to grow the aquaculture subsector.”
He thanked the Minister of Agriculture whom he described as the farmers’ minister, for his decision to gear Nigeria towards self-sufficiency in fish production in the next four years by reducing fish importation by 35 per cent annually.
“Our endorsement is to augment your decision and encourage investors to take full benefit of the opportunities that the industry presents. Our focus should be to determine the roadmap to self-sufficiency in fish feed production in the next five years. Let us stop exporting our jobs through feed importation,” he said. He noted that the potential demand for fish in Nigeria is about four million metric tons annually. “In an efficient aquaculture system, the feed commercial ratio (FCR) should be 1:1, all things being equal.