Nigeria needs to really develop her fishery industry – Norway
Mr Johan Sandvaer, the Regional Director (Middle East and Africa) for Innovation Norway, a Norwegian Governmentorganisation, on Wednesday said that Nigeria should be committed to the development of her fishery industry.
Sandvaer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was imperative for Nigeria to begin to evolve measures aimed at boostingfish production, for her increasing population.
According to him, Nigeria is currently Norway’s mackerel highest importer and consumer.
“Norway and Nigeria has for decades had very good trade cooperation with Nigeria, supplying much of its mackerel, fresh and frozen salmon.
“With the United Nations prediction that the Nigerian population will increase higher in the years ahead, we want Nigeria to know that there will also be a high demand for its protein needs.
“There are limits to how long Norway would continue to feed the world.
“In order for Nigeria to be able to cope with its population’s demandfor fishery products, we want Nigeria to really develop her fishery industry,’’ he said.
Sandvaer said that Norwegian fishery companies would be prepared to offer technologies to their counterparts, if there was commitment from Nigerian fish farmers.
The visiting Norwegian Government official to Nigeria added that the development of Nigeria’s aquaculture and fishery was a major area that Norway was ready to support Nigeria.
Sandvaer also expressed the willingness of Norwegian companies to build a new and advanced fishery industry in Nigeria, that would cater for the frozen food needs of Nigerians.
“We really want Nigerians to position themselves, so that the country
can increase her fish production, and meet with the increasing need for protein in the country.
“When you see the population forecast for Nigeria, Nigeria really needs to do a lot more to boost her aquaculture and fishery sector,’’ he added.