BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
As part of measures aimed at promoting local fish production and enhance competitiveness of the local markets,s Lagos State Government has concluded arrangement for the hosting of maiden seafood festival in the country.
The festival is scheduled to hold on 10 November, 2012 at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island,
The festival, with the theme: Lagos Seafood Festival: Boosting the Potentials of the Fishery Industry is expected to serve as catalyst for seafood production in Lagos.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, disclosed this yesterday, in Alausa, Ikeja, saying the festival was one of the strategies of the state to realise its food security objectives.
The commissioner, who also spoke about the strategic plan of the state government to achieve one million metric tons of fish in spite of the fact that the present capacity was just 125,000 metric tons, a huge gap from 650,000 metric tons currently needed by the state.
He acknowledged that the multi-nationals no doubt pose serious threat to the local production, but expressed the strong will of the state “to boost seafood production.”