By Abdulmalik Adetola Lawal
Nigeria’s aquaculture has great potential to provide employment, economic growth, and food security. In order to satisfy the increasing global demand for seafood and diets high in protein, aquaculture is essential. Aquaculture offers Nigeria a large chance for economic development, food security, and job creation.
According to the World Bank’s collection of development indicators, which is derived from officially recognized sources, Nigeria’s aquaculture production (measured in metric tons) was recorded at 275645 metric tons in 2021. The World Bank provided the actual numbers, historical statistics, forecasts, and estimates for Nigeria’s aquaculture production (measured in metric tons) as of August 2023.
Here are five ways to boost aquaculture productivity in Nigeria:
- Invest in research and technology.
This includes developing new fish species that are suited to the Nigerian climate, as well as improving breeding practices, disease control, and feed formulas.
- Use high-quality fingerlings and broodstock.
This will ensure that your fish have the best possible start in life and are more likely to survive and thrive.
- Manage water resources sustainably.
This includes installing systems for water treatment and recycling, as well as preventing pollution and habitat damage.
- Prevent and control diseases.
This can be done by implementing biosecurity measures, conducting routine disease surveillance, and using disease-resistant breeds.
- Develop markets and improve the value chain.
This includes improving the systems for processing, packaging, and distributing aquaculture products, as well as creating strong market connections.
By taking these steps, Nigeria can boost aquaculture productivity and reap the many benefits that this industry has to offer.