May 18, 2022


Norwegian Seafood Council to boost Nigerian aquaculture sector



The Norwegian Seafood Council has trained Nigerian fishery officers and stakeholders on processing and export of fish as part of the Norwegian government's contribution towards boosting Nigeria's aquaculture sector, Fish & Information Services reported.


Knut Lein, the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, said the training will bring capacity building and training to the Nigerian fish industry, especially as Stockfish is an extremely important part of both countries' bilateral relations, trade and history.


Lein said Stockfish trade has created jobs in Nigeria, and has urged the the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to do their part in the equation.


Trond Kostweit, director-general, Africa, Norwegian Seafood Council, said aquaculture is key to grow the Nigerian fish sector, adding that Norway wants Nigeria to benefit from their experience, technology, and success in aquaculture.


Imeh Umoh, the Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture of Nigeria, said the training would help to harness the huge potential in fishery and aquaculture. He was representing Dr Mahmood Abubakar, the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).


Adeniyi Okanlawon, Assistant Director at the Federal Department of Fisheries, said the workshop by the Norwegian Seafood Council will help ensure the acceptance of locally grown fish in the international markets.


-      Fish Information & Services

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