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Prof. Morenike Adewolu of the Lagos state University (LASU) has called on the Federal Government to increase investment in the production of fish feed locally to improve the Nation’s fishing industry.
Adewolu, a professor of Aquaculture and Fish Nutrition, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that local fish production is hampered by high cost of imported feeds.
The professor spoke to NAN on the sideline of the institutions’ 62nd inaugural lecture at its Ojo campus in Lagos.
Adewolu, who spoke on the topic “Feed the Fish: Feed the Nation”, said that Nigeria needs to have fish feed mills that would use 100 per cent local ingredients for various fish species.
She said that aquaculture plays an important role towards food security and nutrition for citizens.
According to her, a healthy meal of fish would provide the necessary nutritional values required to bridge the gap of poor food match in the country.
She called on government to facilitate research into local species of fish and the appropriate feed for them in order to improve production.
She advocated for monitoring of the nutritional content of farmed fish to ensure that feed ingredients did not affect their body composition.
“There is the need for fish nutritionists, human nutritionists, food scientists and others to work together and explore cultured fish to tackle the prevailing malnutrition and other nutritional diseases in the country.
“This is considering the fact that people are encouraged to consume fish, high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health and neurodevelopment.’’