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The Catfish Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), on Sunday, revealed that Nigeria produced 420,000 metric tonnes of fish after aquaculture was included in the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme in 2013. Chief Tayo Akingbolagun, National President of CAFAN, made the disclosure in Lagos on yesterday, while stating that the Federal Government’s ban of the importation of some fish species was aimed at encouraging local production. “The Federal Government in 2013 included aquaculture in the GES scheme, which has helped to increase fish production to about 420,000 metric tonnes per annum. “Under the first phase of aquaculture in the scheme, 840 fish farmers in 10 states were each given 500 fingerlings. The second phase will begin soon in another 10 states. “I commend government’s efforts toward stimulating local production that will boost the economy, especially in the ban on importation of tilapia fish. “We can produce tilapia and other species here because the weather is good and we have everything working in our favour in that regard. So, this is to encourage farmers to spread their tentacles to produce other species,’’ he said.  

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This article was first published on 10th February 2014

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