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By Joke Falaju, Abuja, 14 June 2022

The Federal Government, yesterday, raised concerns about the inability to meet up the 3.6million metric tonnes (mt) demand for fish as the country only produces 1.2million metric tonnes leaving a wide gap of 2.4million mt.
While the Federal Government has been encouraging backward integration in the fisheries sector to improve local production and reduce importation, Nigeria still leads among fish importing countries in West Africa despite abundant resources.

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Why FG Targets 3.6m Tons of Fisheries Annually

Posted by Patricia Lumba on 15 June 2022 12:35 PM CAT
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By Mohammed Mohammed

Above: Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Dr. Sampson Umoh, Nigeria

The Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Dr. Sampson Umoh on Monday, said Federal Government has targeted 3.6 million tons of fisheries annually to boost local production, income generation amongst others.

The Director made this known during the Second Dialogue and Sensitization Meeting on Fisheries Governance Project 2 (FishGov2) with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, recently.

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By James Emejo,

The federal government has lamented the country’s continued importation of fish to bridge existing deficit, describing it as a huge drain on the scarce foreign exchange. Nigeria requires about 3.6 million metric tons (MMT) of fish annually to meet local consumption and currently produces only about 1.2 MMT. The deficit of about 2 MMT is supplemented by annual importation, a situation which further exerts undue pressure on foreign exchange.

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By Catherine Chumo, Senior Information Officer
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

Animal Welfare Nests at the United Nations

Years of stakeholder collaboration with animal welfare organizations culminated in a monumental achievement this last week at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. For the first time in history, a resolution that exclusively refers to animal welfare was adopted on March 2, 2022.

The Resumed Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) adopted the Animal Welfare, Environment and Sustainable Development Nexus Resolution which was sponsored by seven (7) Member States, namely Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The draft resolution was discussed, negotiated, and was agreed upon at a referendum and was passed by Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) ahead of UNEA 5.2.

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Par: Naoufel Haddad

Que faire pour que les pays africains tirent pleinement avantage des textes mondiaux sur la pêche, qu’ils signent avec enthousiasme sans pour autant les appliquer convenablement ? Des pistes de solutions ont été défrichées du 28 au 30 mars 2022 à Dar es Salaam en Tanzanie, au cours d’une réunion consultative initiée par l’Union africaine à travers son Bureau interafricain des ressources animales (UA-BIRA).

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Par Virginie NGO NDJIKI

Le Réseau Africain des Femmes Transformatrices et Commerçantes de poisson (AWFISHNET) déjà installé. C’est à l’issue d’un atelier organisé du lundi 28 février au  mardi 1er mars 2022, à Bangui en République Centrafricaine. Une forte délégation composée du Représentant Bureau Interafricain des Ressources Animales de l’Union Africaine (UA-BIRA), M. Philippe OUEDRAOGO, Mme Patricia MAISHA, Représentante d’AWFISHNET RDC et les autres facilitateurs, ont dirigé les travaux durant 02 jours, dont l’objectif principal était d’organiser des ateliers nationaux en vue de former un chapitre national en RCA d’AWFISHNET, composé de femmes actives dans la pisciculture, la transformation du poisson, et le commerce.

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