The Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) has called on the private sector to partner
with it in funding research.
The Executive Director of NIOMR, Dr Olajide Ayinla, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that it was necessary to find solutions to the challenges facing fish survival
â€œAs of now, funding of research is exclusively done by the Federal Government and we need people, especially the private sector, to buy into the science.â€œThe private sector is very vital because it is capable of financing such a project.
â€œFish farming is being faced with challenges of scarcity of fingerlings, insufficient feeds in the right quality and fish diseases. We need to find solution to these problems,â€ Ayinla said.
Besides, the executive director said shrimp farming had not been fully exploited by farmers because of the dearth of research findings that would enhance its growth. â€œWe need to sensitise farmers to invest in this and make money out of it.
â€œNIOMR is already developing technology on this whereby we can have a large expanse of land that adjoins the sea as processing farms,â€ he said. Ayinla said the institute had contacted the Lagos State Government to acquire land in Badagry for the project.