Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria inaugurates Anambra state Chapter

inauguration of Anambra State Chapter oF Tilapia Aquaculture Association

The Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria TADAN),  n Monday, August 10, 2020, inaugurated a six-man executive committee as interim officials to pilot the affairs of the association at this early stage. They are to create a clear objective and catalyze the growth of improved Tilapia production in Anambra state.

 

This took place at the Anambra State Fisheries and Aquaculture Business Development Agency (FABDA) Boardroom, Government House Awka.

 

 

The stakeholders unanimously elected the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Fisheries and Aquaculture Business Development Agency *(FABDA), Mr. Emeka Iloghalu (founder of the TeeMartins Aquaculture Group) as the interim Chairman and Mr. Gabriel Muoneke of Eze Azu farms Nteje as vice chairman.

 

Others are:

Anthony Odili of Chinyere Agro Industrial Farms Ltd, General Secretary, Innocent Okeke, Publicity Secretary, Anochie Chigozie of Gozanbee Farms Umunachi, Financial Secretary and Onwuazombe Somadina of Aqua Heritage Farms who emerged as the Welfare Officer.

 

 

Inaugurating the officials, the National President of TADAN, Dr. Remi Ahmed, represented by the Association’s vice president, Mr. Nurudeen Tiamiyu charged the excos to focus on advancing objective and visible growth of Tilapia Aquaculture in Anambra state.

 

He noted that TADAN is positioned to develop and grow Tilapia Aquaculture in the country and beyond and sustain it.

 

“Our direction”, according to him, “is to put Nigeria Tilapia production on the global map and today, Anambra state has joined the list of about ten already inaugurated TADAN chapters in Nigeria.

“The idea behind what we are doing is to teach our (Tilapia Fish) producers what they need to know through training at both local and international levels” he said.

On his part, the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Anambra state, Mr Primius Odili while congratulating the new officers said the state government is more interested in agriculture, especially fish farming.

The Chief of Staff at the inauguration of Anambra State Chapter of TADAN

Odili who pointed out that earlier before now, he was a bit skeptical about rearing Tilapia, said that the state is willing to compete favourably with the world in the production of Tilapia and other fish species. “Our people have neglected fish farming for so long a time but I’m optimistic that the state can key in properly with the modern technology in Tilapia production.

“Farming is for everybody and we should embrace it and that is why we encourage people to start something no matter how small. This is the main reason government recently launched what it called Ugbo Azuno which aims at providing alternative means of livelihood especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are launching operation feed Anambra to help salvage the situation”.

The Chief of staff who was appointed patron of TADAN Anambra state chapter said he is not unaware of some challenges confronting farmers globally but enjoined TADAN members in the state to form cooperatives for easy accessibility of funds and promised to make arrangement for off takers once the farmers can guarantee consistency, growth and sustainability.

The new chairman, Mr. Emeka Iloghalu in his acceptance speech, said the officials will do their best to represent TADAN very well in the state and as well grow the GDP of Tilapia FIsh in Anambra state and beyond.

Iloghalu in his earlier presentation disclosed that FABDA was created to grow the economy of the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in the state for food and for wealth creation in the state.

He noted that the vision of the Governor in creating the Agency is to be the most visible and largest fish producing state in West Africa, adding that the state is determined to use the special technology to grow Tilapia and other fish species in the state.

Saving Nigeria’s dwindling tilapia fisheries sector

Nigeria’s tilapia fish industry is facing some challenges, a scenario that makes it fail to register meaningful and sustainable growth. Stakeholders suggest ways to save the industry, DANIELESSIET reports.

Nigeria has always been a major consumer of fish, and demand for fisheries products has increased in recent years due to health-consciousness of the citizens. With the population expected to exceed 250 million in 2050, demand is likely to increase even more. However, fisheries resources are limited. Even now, many fish are already on the brink of extinction due to overfishing. For this reason, the production of fisheries products through aqua farming has become important to the challenge of securing food resources. One area that offers prospect is tilapia fish farming.Globally, large-scale commercial tilapia farming operations are profitable and international companies are investing in both local and foreign species.
While countries such as Egypt have continued to record successes in tilapia farming, Nigeria’s ailing tilapia fish sector has continued to register drastic falls in production.
Experts said despite government policies to boost tilapia production smugglingfrom from China and other constraints have made it impossible to realise the dream.
With increase in population and pressure on the nation’s fisheries resources, experts say the sector may be doomed unless certain actions are taken to stimulate increased production.
Addressing a Food and Agriculture Writers Association of Nigeria (FAWON) forum in Lagos, the stakeholders noted that the Nigerian tilapia industry would have expanded rapidly in the past few years, if serious efforts were made to change from a small-scale concern to a large one capable of feeding the entire population .
One of them was the National President, Tilapia and Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN) Mr. Remi Ahmed.
Addressing the forum where the speakers focused on the current and future challenges and opportunities facing the industry, Ahmed said tilapia provides a nutritious and inexpensive protein, which plays a key role in alleviating nutrient deficiency.
But over the past few years, competition from tilapia smuggled from China into the country has intensified.
Despite higher production costs stemming from harsh operating conditions, he said cheap imports from Asia are making investment not worthwhile.
He said the Nigerian Tilapia farming model was currently being appreciated globally and this would mean unregulated importation of the commodity to retard local production. “This is coming when the international community is happy with the level of work done in Nigeria’s tilapia sub-sector. Within the short period tilapia was introduced to Nigeria, we have been able to develop and produce Tilapia feed that is better than the ones used in most African countries. Let government stop importation of Tilapia into the country because afterwards, the smuggled Tilapia will not allow local producers to get ready-made markets. Restriction of Tilapia importation is not even enough, we want an outright ban because we are producing a lot and we can meet the Tilapia deficit if given the right playing field, ” Ahmed said.
He said importers of the commodity are enjoying grants and other incentives from their countries which is why when the fish is brought here, it is very cheap.
He said cost of power and others are serious challenges, so this is not encouraging.
Ahmed canvassed ban on imported tilapia to protect local aquaculture producers. Although Customs often seize fish and poultry products that are smuggled into Nigeria, the wide availability of imported products show that their efforts are not working.
The fish farmers would like the government to close down those outlets that sell black market fish and argue that foreign tilapia is only so cheap because the smugglers do not pay taxes on them.
He said substantial amounts of foreign tilapia are available on the market, in spite of the ban on imports, which was intended to protect the local industry
He said the potential exists to increase tilapia production significantly. However, for this to be achieved, the local production system needs to be improved and greater emphasis placed on establishing best-practices. Such a move would help to bring greater market credibility, improve margins, and ensure that a more consistent quality product is available.
Global Technical Head-Fish – Triton Group, Edna Dionisio said the most effective way to support advancement of the sector is to provide a consistent supply of high-quality fish feed products, along with technical support to the industry.
She noted that ensuring Nigeria-raised tilapia meet the highest quality standards will not only open the door for local farmers but that the products will command much better prices. According to her, feeding accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of the total cost of aquaculture. Moreover, it is often done by unskilled workers, which in many cases, leads to overfeeding or uneven distribution. This means that larger, more aggressive fish tend to get most of the food while the rest go hungry.
She said feeding makes the business less profitable, uncontrollable — because the biggest cost is just spread on the water.
In order to improve the sustainability of tilapia production, she observed that it’s essential to improve feed efficiency – the ratio between the feed given to the fish and their weight gain.
Many of the small fish farmers, she noted, have no prior professional training. She said farmers must track weather conditions and water temperature, which affect fish health. And the farmers must keep records of the feed and the medicine they use.
Edna Dionisio said her dream is to solve the problem, by making feeding more efficient and controllable.
She said tilapia farming could be a more viable option in addressing household protein deficiencies and economic security if attempts were made to improve production of fish feeds and fingerlings.
She said empowering small-scale farmers to run productive and profitable farms is vital if the nation is to feed the future in a sustainable way.
She said there was need to speed up research and implementation of new innovations and technologies such as genetic improvement of local species and formulation of low cost improved fish feed.
She said her organisation is at the forefront of commercial tilapia research, with University of Ibadan and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), dedicating resources to progress tilapia feed, nutrition and technology research and development.
Together with the local industry association, she said her organisation is sponsoring training and offering incentives to a few model farms that invest in improvements. The idea is that others will follow suit if they see it makes financial sense.
She said the industry facesthe challenge of approved and certified hatcheries to supply fingerlings and brood stock to farmers.
She said Triton Group is ready to help local small-scale farmers increase their livelihoods and income by sustainably producing tilapia.
Vice-President, TADAN, Mr. Nurudeen Tiamiu, said fish was an important source of protein. For this reason, the production of fisheries products through aqua farming has become important to the challenge of securing food resources.
He observed that there are some obstacles that must be overcome in order to obtain a stable supply of fisheries products using aqua farming.
For example, there is the problem of the need to obtain feed. Tiamiu said that the government should collaborate with real stakeholders in the sector to fashion out a roadmap to develop farmed fish in the country.
He noted that tilapia farming has emerged as a significant component of global fish supplies.
Tiamiu said that the aquaculture sector had been besieged by people who were not known fish farmers, making and taking decisions on behalf of the real time producers.
Tiamiu said: “I see no reason why the Ministry of Finance is making policies on fish import, while the Ministry of Agriculture is not doing anything for stakeholders. We have a bunch of stakeholders, you have not met with them and have not seen their capabilities in production and that means the Nigerian government do not understand the issues to be addressed when it comes to food safety. We do not even know the quantity of Tilapia needed for consumption, we only know that we have 15 million metric tonnes of fish deficit. Let government meet with stakeholders and fashion out a roadmap to develop farmed fish and farmed fish is the only way aquaculture can survive in Nigeria.”
Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/saving-nigerias-dwindling-tilapia-fishing-sector/

Tilapia Hatchery Kits Distribution by WorldFish in collaboration with TADAN ,14 State ADPs and Farmers across Nigeria

The Aquaculture compact of the Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) project is led by partners in focal (DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia) and satellite (Burundi, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Republic of Benin and Tanzania) countries.

These partners comprise Private sector, Fish farmers’ Associations, Research institutions, Government institutions and Non- Governmental organizations (NGO) which aim to disseminate proven Aquaculture technologies deployed by WorldFish.

The technologies disseminated to Aquaculture value chain actors include: Fast growing fingerlings of catfish and tilapia, mono-sex tilapia, quality low cost fish feed formulated using locally available raw materials, post-harvest techniques and improved rearing system. The technologies dissemination is accompanied with Better Management Practices such as fish handling, biosecurity, water quality management, raw materials selection, feeding techniques amongst several others.

The program has commenced in Nigeria with Tilapia hatchery Kits distributions across the country after trained the trainers workshop anchored by the Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria. The distribution of the hatchery kits to selected farms across the  14 selected state was done through the State Directors of the Agricultural Development Programm office, who handles the distribution to all the farmers involved.

This is a collaboration between the World Fish office and Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria with the assistance of the Agricultural Development programs in fourteen State in Nigeria.

The distribution and collection of Tilapia Hatchery Kits are presented in pictures as reported by ADP directors and beneficiaries.

Mr. Adedeji F.A(National Secretary of the Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria) collects Tilapia Hatchery Kits From Mr. Femi Kudoro, Ogun State ADP director at state ADP office Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria ADP office Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Adeola Fisheries, taking delivery of their Monosex Tilapia Demonstration materials at Ikoto, Ijebu Ode. this morning. The farm owner, Hon Mabinuori is beside TAAT Aquaculture Facilitator, while the farm hands showed enthusiasm. GOOD MORNING All.

PISCADED FISHERIES LIMITED  received her monosex tilapia training kits and materials today. Thanks to Mr Kuduro for bringing those materials all the way to the farm.

 

With me here by Ur right is Dr. E.S Gana the head of fishery unit faculty of the Agriculture University of Abuja, by the middle is Mr. Samson FCT ADP(the facilitator) and Sulayman Rabiu the FCT Tilapia farmer in University Of Abuja campus.

Delivery of monosex culture of Tilapia demonstration materials from Technology for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) to the Lagos state ADA today. From the right is Engr. Travih (HoSC Farm mechanisation), Dr. Pereira-Sheteolu (The Programme Manager), Miss Olajumoke Ola (Director of Technical Services) and Dr. Opadokun ( HoSc Fisheries)

Mr Mactelli Confidence Collects Tilapia Hatchery Kits

Mr Mac Confidence installing  the Tilapia Hatchery Kits at his farm in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Nurudeen Tiamiyu (Vice President Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria) received his Tilapia Hatchery Kit from Dr Opadokun (HoSc Fisheries Lagos State Nigeria.

 

Mono sex Tilapia production demonstration materials have been received by the farm manager of Tropical Fish Farm Gbagarape Nyanya, FCT, Abuja, Mr. Samuel Alabi

☝☝☝Receiving the mono-sex Tilapia production demonstration materials from the GIG  argent. today 19/9/2019 by 3:30 pm BY ADP Niger State.

Presentation of Demonstration materials on Monosex Tilapia culture to Alh. Raheem Sikiru Adetona, Farm Manager Azemor Agribiz today 19th Sept, 2019. Also present are: Mr. Adesina, Azemor Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. Aiyedun Lukman- Azemor Grow out Supervisor.

The TAAT demonstration materials for Monosex tilapia production was handed over to Rev. Egbeje of Victory farm, Owo, Ondo State today and the water quality test for pH and DO carried out together with the GPS taken. In the pics are a farmer, ADP DDFS, the selected participating farmer, ADP TAAT Fac., and the trained farmer. ,

Demonstration kit delivered to the CEO of NIKUNLE FISH FARM, Iwo, Osun State, Mr. Adekunle Asafa(one of the selected fish farms for the upcoming TAAT monosex tilapia trainings in Osun State)by State Coordinator Mr Theophilus Amure.

 

Handing over the demonstration materials to one of the selected farmers at Umunkaru, Umuawa Alaocha, Umuahia North LGA, Abia State.

Presentation of TAAT Aquaculture Compact materials for  Monosex tilapia demonstration to the honorable commissioner for agriculture, Anambra state and program manager agricultural development program Anambra State (ASADEP) today, Tuesday _17/09/2019 by Worldfish/ TAAT Aquaculture Compact/ Anambra State ADP facilitator and fish farmer in the office of the honorable commissioner. Pictures showing the presentation

Presentation of TAAT Aquaculture materials for Monosex Tilapia demonstration to HOD Dr Ekeledo (who is also a facilitator) Fisheries tech dept, Fed Poly Nekede Owerri ( center 2 ) for Imo state fish farmers 17/9/19 by WORLDfish/TAATCompact.On far left is Mrs Amanze(ADP n Co-facilitator ),Miss Silver (IITA/IP), Fishfarmers rep(Mr. Osondu) for Imo state as a witness and Dr. Ekeledo (Facilitator WorldFish/IP/TAAT compact) at hatchery unit of FedPoly Nekede Owerri.Imo state

While the farmers awaits broodfish which is subject to water parameter data collection by the farmers and reports to the WorldFish office.

The program is expected to disseminate Tilapia culture to more and more farmers in the selected state.

 

Pitch AgriHack 2019 winners awarded a total of €60k in prize

Pitch AgriHack 2019 winners awarded a total of €60k in prize
Seven startups that came out tops at the Pitch AgriHack 2019 competition earlier this month have been awarded a total of €60 000 in prizes.

Pitch AgriHack aims to support the growth of business services offered by agritech startups as well as contribute to accelerate the adoption of innovations that bring about stronger productivity within the agrifood sector.

The competition is run by The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), the OCP Group, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation, GreenTec Capital Africa,World Bank, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

In a statement earlier this month, CTA said it had selected 22 finalists (see profiles of them in this PDF) — 11 of which were women led — from among 326 startups that had applied.

The finalists underwent training in a bootcamp that was held before pitching their solutions to potential investors and a judging panel at the closing plenary of the African Green Revolution Forum that was held in Accra on 6 September.

This year’s winners hail from Ghana, Kenya Uganda, and Nigeria. They are:

Early-stage startups category:

Profish (Ghana): Profish was awarded €7500 for its Lojaanor USSD platform which enables the startup to provide logistical services and market access to fish farmers.
Savanna Circuit Tech (Kenya): Savanna Circuit was awarded €5000 for its Maziwaplus Prechiller and M+ Milk Collection App.
Mature stage startup category:

Jaguza Tech (Uganda): Jaguza is an online and offline, cloud-based livestock management system that incorporates the use of low-cost sensors, drones, livestock collars and GPS trackers to gather real-time information about location, speed, body temperature and stress levels of livestock. The solution was awarded €15 000.
Arinifu Technologies (Kenya): Arinifu Technologies has developed a smart brooder environmental control device which helps chicken farmers regulate temperature and humidity. The solution was awarded €12 500.
Public Choice Award:

Trackball Global Technologies (Nigeria): Trackball Global Technologies is developing AgriCo, a web-based mobile application that will help improve the productivity and profitability of urban farming by providing farmers with best production practices, farm management tools, access to inputs, produce markets and micro-credits. The startup was awarded a Public Choice Award of €5000 for the solution.
Data Analytics Award:

Foodlocker Limited(Nigeria): Foodlocker offers procurement efficiency, convenience, affordability, and pricing regularity to large buyers of farm-fresh foodstuff by aggregating and lightly processing smallholder farmer outputs and delivering those outputs directly to our customers, who include food processors, exporters, hotels, restaurants, bars, and retailers. The startup received the Data Analytics Award of €10 000.
GreenTec Award

TechShelta (Ghana): TechShelta’s web and mobile app enables greenhouse farmers to have on-demand access to advisory information, automation services and market linkages. The startup was the recipient of the GreenTech Award of €5000.
CTA said since the launch of the AgriHack Talent initiative in 2013, the services of entrants have reached over one million farmers and agricultural stakeholders, with participants having raised over €2-million from investors and partners.

CTA director Michael Hailu said in the same statement that through the Pitch AgriHack competition, the centre has discovered “self-taught youngsters” who are full of ideas and determination, which he said are providing answers to some of Africa’s persistence .

PLIGHT OF FISH FARMER ON LIVE TILAPIA BREEDERS STOCK TO NIGERIA

PLIGHT OF FISH FARMER ON LIVE TILAPIA   BREEDERS STOCK TO NIGERIA

By

Nurudeen Tiamiyu

National Vice President

Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria.

Our live fish Tilapia breeder stock import is not able to get official forex because those in the CBN refused to listen to us that fish should not have envelope category and that breeder stock is just like parent stock in the Poultry industry.

We source forex from the black market and even CBN makes it difficult to make payments since it is not valid for forex but still have to be on the queue for approval with too many delay.

The Thai breeders sent the fish even without receiving payments from us believing we would pay based on our explanations.

The fish left Thailand and missed the trans shipment in Dubai on Thursday which should have made it land in Nigeria yesterday. Fish came in 72 hours which is 24 hours outside the time limit of 48 hours.

The Nigerian Customs now decided to take the highest tariff of 10% on the fish when they had an option of grouping it under the 5% which was to be used for fishes without category. We had meeting with Ministry of Finance under GEJ to put Tilapia fry and fingerlings in the HS Codes, they refused. We complained to the Federal department of Fisheries Abuja on this matter, but they never did anything till date under the last minister of Agriculture who failed on several fronts because he was never in tune with farmers, but was chasing anything in White skin calling it foreign investors.

The fish came almost all dead on arrival after all the stress. They even delayed it again in Lagos. Plane landed 8.40am and fish was not released till 12.30 pm even when they knew we had issues since yesterday. There was no urgency in solving our predicament even after most of the paper work was done yesterday.

We must have a serious government that can appoint a serious Agriculture minister that will sit down with real stakeholders and understand issues in all sectors if we are to grow as a nation.

This government must let us know if they really want us to do Tilapia Aquaculture in Nigeria or not.

It has been a long day for me today.

TILAPIA DISEASE IDENTIFICATION-PARASITIC, VIRAL AND BACTERIA FREE WORKSHOP

Good afternoon all. This is to inform members that there will be a free training organised by ZOETIS ALPHA a global animal health company dedicated to supporting livestock farmers, veterinary surgeons in Conjunction with TADAN

OVERVIEW OF IMPORTANT DISEASES IN AQUACULTURE (WITH EMPHASIS ON TILAPIA DISEASE IDENTIFICATION-PARASITIC, VIRAL AND BACTERIA)

DIAGNOSTIC APPROACH TO AQUACULTURE (INCLUDING SAMPLING TECHNIQUES)

RECENT AVAILABLE DRUGS, VACCINES AND OTHER INTERVENTIONS IN TILAPIA DISEASE MANAGEMENT PARTICULARLY IN PharmaQ portfolio.

Date is Friday 17 May 2019
Venue is George Town Hotel (Best Western) Ikeja Conference room
Time is 8:00 am
On Thursday 16th of May is a visit to two Tilapia farms in Lagos and a visit to one of the Fisheries research institute in Lagos which will be named once we communicate officially to them. The field tour and visit will enable participants have a first hand view of the latest methods and methodologies in
SAMPLE COLLECTION TECHNIQUES AND EASY RAPID FIELD DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES INCLUDING NECROPSY CAN BE DEMONSTRATED ON THESE FARMS TO BE VISITED.

Only 20 space is available to members for this two days event.

Please make your interest know on the forum. Or directly to the National Secretary on 08033135761

TADAN, TRITON seek Federal Government ban on importation of Tilapia in Nigeria

TILAPIA HARVEST ON IKERE GORGE DAM ,ISEYIN OYO STATE ,NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

Tilapia fish being harvested at the Ikere Gorge Dam, Iseyin, Oyo State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Federal Government has been urged to place outright ban on the importation of tilapia, to protect fish farmers and ensure the growth of the aquaculture industry.

Stakeholders in the aquaculture industry who made the appeal

during a meeting with members of the Food and Agriculture Writers Association of Nigeria (FAWON) in Lagos, said the smuggled tilapia would not only prevent local producers from getting ready-made markets, it is also dangerous to health, as it is a reject from other countries.

The National President, Tilapia and Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN), Remi Ahmed, said farmers are producing a lot and can meet the Tilapia deficit if given the right enabling environment.“We want an outright ban because we are producing a lot and we can meet the tilapia deficit if given the right enabling environment. As long as people are getting this cheap import, the tilapia grown in Nigeria will never compete with them.

“As long as we are getting this cheap import coming in, the tilapia grown in Nigeria will never compete with them, because the basic challenge has to do with pricing. This fish is coming from China and no tariff is being paid on it, so they are selling as cheap as possible to kill the local industry,” he said.

Ahmed further stated that the aquaculture sector might go underground if drastic actions are not taken to stop the smuggling, to allow local production to thrive. “Over the past few years, competition from tilapia smuggled from China into the country has intensified and if drastic actions are not taken to stop the smuggling so as for local production to thrive, the aquaculture sector is in serious trouble,”He said that fish farmers in the country especially tilapia farmers would want government to close down outlets that sell these smuggled fish, stressing that they are cheap because taxes are not paid on them.

Ahmed stressed that the imported fish are not nutritious as the locally breed fish since they are not raised in a good condition as best practices are not followed in raising the fish.“Within the short period tilapia was introduced to Nigeria we have been able to develop and produce tilapia feed that is better than the ones used in most African countries,”

The National Vice President of TADAN, Nurudeen Tiamiyu hinted that Nigerian farmers are having low sales because people are getting cheaper fish elsewhere which are smuggled, noting that they are less concerned where the fish is coming from.

“A normal Nigerian wants to eat fish he will be less concerned where the fish comes from, all he is seeing is cheap fish, so they will always prefer to pick up very cheap fish, which they don’t even know their health implications.“These fishes being brought from China are rejected fishes that cannot enter Europe or America market because of the issue of growth hormones and the very bad water conditions where these fishes are raised in volumes can hamper the health of people but Nigerian are less concerned when it comes to buying cheap fish,”Tiamiyu said

Global Technical Head, Fish–Triton Group, Edna Dionisio, said high production cost is another major challenge facing the industry, saying the cost of feed accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of the total cost of aquaculture.She said feeding of the fishes makes the business less profitable, and that in order to improve the sustainability of tilapia production; it is essential to improve feed efficiency.

Dionisio said the most effective way to support advancement of the sector is to provide a consistent supply of high-quality fish feed products, along with technical support to the industry.She noted that ensuring Nigeria raised tilapia to meet the highest quality standards will not only open the door for local farmers, but also that the products would command much better prices.

She said further that there was need to speed up research and implementation of new innovations and technologies such as genetic improvement of local species and formulation of low cost improved fish feed.

Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association Nigeria decry exemption of Tilapia from FG’s Import Prohibition List

The Tilapia and Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN) on Tuesday decried the exemption of Tilapia, a farmed fish species, from the Federal Government’s import prohibition list.
The association’s National President, Mr. Remi Ahmed, expressed the association’s displeasure with the list in Lagos.
Ahmed said that the omission from the official prohibition list by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would send a negative signal to the international community.
He said the Nigerian Tilapia farming model was currently being appreciated globally and this would mean unregulated importation of the commodity to retard local production.
“This is coming when the international community is happy with the level of work done in Nigeria’s Tilapia sub-sector.
“Within the short period Tilapia was introduced to Nigeria, we have been able to develop and produce Tilapia feed within the country that is better than the ones used in most African countries.
“Let government stop the importation of Tilapia into the country because afterwards, the smuggled Tilapia will not allow local producers to get ready-made markets.
“Restriction of Tilapia importation is not even enough, we want an outright ban because we are producing a lot and we can meet the Tilapia deficit if given the right playing field, ‘’ Ahmed said.
The president also told NAN that he had over 10 tonnes of farmed Tilapia stored in cold rooms because the smuggled ones were crashing the market price, making it seem like locally produced ones were expensive.
On Tilapia production in Nigeria, Ahmed said that there were bigger farmers across the country and this development would chase entrants and discourage current producers in the long run.
“I have nothing less than 10 tonnes of Tilapia waiting for delivery and I am one of the smallest producers, there is Ejide Farms and others, our fishes are staying too long with us.
“Some of us have invested so much money in the facilities where we farm Tilapia, so, do we remove them now and start doing what? The cost of power and others are serious challenges, so this is not encouraging.
“These importers of the commodity are enjoying grants and other incentives from their countries which is why when the fish is brought here it is very cheap.
“Here, we do not have any sort of support from the government, and this is the height of it,” he said.
Ahmed said that in 2017, the NCS intercepted a 40-foot container containing Tilapia and during the briefing informed Nigerians that Tilapia was banned.
Contributing, the Vice-President of TADAN, Mr Nurudeen Tiamiu, told NAN that the government should collaborate with real stakeholders in the sector to fashion out a roadmap to develop farmed fish in the country.
Tiamiu said that the aquaculture sector had been besieged by people who were not known fish farmers, making and taking decisions on behalf of the real-time producers.
Tiamiu said: “I see no reason why the Ministry of Finance is making policies on fish import, while the Ministry of Agriculture is not doing anything for stakeholders.
“We have a bunch of stakeholders, you have not met with them and have not seen their capabilities in production and that means the Nigerian government do not understand the issues to be addressed when it comes to food safety.
“We do not even know the quantity of Tilapia needed for consumption, we only know that we have 15 million metric tonnes of fish deficit.
“The exemption of Tilapia from the import prohibition list is not a good development because we have spent so much money in production and dealt with unforeseen environmental issues.
“If insurance that is not structured at the end of the day, you cannot compete with what comes in from China and other competing countries.
“Let government meet with stakeholders and fashion out a roadmap to develop farmed fish and farmed fish is the only way aquaculture can survive in Nigeria,’’ Tiamiu Said.
The National Secretary of the association , Mr Abiodun Adedeji, said that stakeholders were not duly consulted before the decision to strike out Tilapia from the list was made.
According to Adedeji, the decision is made without ascertaining the effects on local producers of the fish.
“It is not a good decision and I am sure that the ministry did not get stakeholders’ opinion on this matter to ascertain how the exemption will affect the local producer of the fish.
“We are already facing problems with market pricing as a result of importation through neighbouring countries which usually brings down market price for Tilapia.
“Whereas Nigeria farmers produce with higher production cost as against the lower imported price of the same products.
“This decision will affect investment in Tilapia aquaculture by foreign investors.
“Government is expected to protect the industry by doing things in active consultation with stakeholders and also encourage these importers to invest in local production in Nigeria, ‘’ he said.
The Import Prohibition List by the NCS restricts importation of items.

Nigeria workshop seeks to scale up proven technologies, boost aquaculture production in West and Central Africa

Nigeria workshop seeks to scale up proven technologies, boost aquaculture production in West and Central Africa

6 August 2018
Participants from several West and Central African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin and Cameroon, will convene in Abuja, Nigeria on 6–7 August 2018 to discuss approaches to boosting aquaculture production in the region under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program.
Funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), TAAT is a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the need to scale up proven technologies across Africa. The program aims to support AfDB’s Feed Africa Strategy to eliminate the continent’s current high import of food through ‘commodity technology delivery compacts’ between implementing institutions, including WorldFish.
David Shearer, WorldFish Director, International Partnerships and Program Delivery: “Aquaculture is one of the key compacts of TAAT. It has a special focus around self-sufficiency of inland fisheries, which is also a WorldFish objective. Our engagement with the TAAT program will enable us to achieve our goal of improving the diversity of fish in people’s diet.”
Specifically, the aquaculture compact aims to ensure access to improved fish seed by 80 percent of fish farmers, a 20 percent increase in aquaculture production, a 10-30 percent reduction in fish imports, improved household nutrition and employment creation for youth in the value chain.
During the workshop, which is being organized by WorldFish, delegates from participating countries, representing stakeholders from the private sector, national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), universities, research institutions and others, will present their main challenges and opportunities, current programs for aquaculture development and baseline data on aquaculture production.
A similar workshop was organized from 9-10 July 2018 in Nairobi for East and Southern African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia).
Dr. Harrison, Country Director, WorldFish Egypt and Nigeria: “By applying proven innovative technologies, TAAT is already transforming the aquaculture value chains across the continent. By embracing new technologies and ways of doing things, Africa is likely to catch up and surpass other aquaculture-producing regions of the world, thereby enhancing food security, creating jobs and uplifting the livelihoods of rural women and the youth.”
In the same week as the Abuja workshop, Dr. Gareth Johnstone, WorldFish Director General, will visit Nigeria to meet government officials and other stakeholders.
Nigeria is a new focal country for WorldFish, which is hosted by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan. During the visit, Dr. Johnstone will discuss further avenues for collaboration between the two institutions as well as other regional bodies such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
For more information or to request an interview, contact:
Prof. Bernadette Fregene (Aquaculture Compact Leader)
Mobile tel: +234 803 347 618 4
Email: B.Fregene@cgiar.org
Web: worldfishcenter.org / fish.cgiar.org
Photography: flickr.com/photos/theworldfishcenter

FG Seeks Self-Sufficiency In Fish Production In Nigeria

In a bid to be self-sufficient in fish production, the federal government has entered into a partnership with an international organization, WorldFish as part of efforts to meet the country’s fish production demand, which stands at 3.2 million Metric Tonnes. It was reported that Nigeria currently produces 1.1 million Metric Tonnes of fish and fishery products with a deficit of 2.1 million MT. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development,           Dr. Heineken Lokpobiri stated at stakeholder’s workshop meeting, yesterday in Abuja that the international organization is expected to support the country to achieve its target on food and nutrition. He said all fish importers have been directed to do backward integration through commercial aquaculture, adding that some of the compliant organisations have been certified by the ministry to commence fish and fishery products export to international markets. The Minister, who acknowledged capacity of the country to produce fish to meet local fish demand, noted that the country still has huge gap on tilapia fish. “Nigeria, as you all know is a large fish consuming nation and a net importer of fish and fishery products. Currently, our annual fish demand is in excess of 3.2 million MT while the production is about 1.1 million MT from all sources resulting in a demand-supply gap of about 2.1 million MT. “Nigeria was importing over 2 million metric tons of fish in 2015 with 500, 000 metric tons local capacity but currently produce 1.1 million metric tons,” he added. According to the minister, the nation largely produces catfish, which he considered as expensive, that is 80 per cent cat fish and 20 per cent Tilapia. He stressed increased production of different varieties. He appealed to the international organization to help the country increase its local production on tilapia as it did to Ghana and Egypt. “The FMARD have the mandate to harness potentials in the agriculture sector. So we will give you every support to succeed.” Earlier, WorldFish director of International Partnership, David Sheurer said the partnership became imperative to build capacity of local fish farmers and meet nutritional needs. The deputy director, Mr. Segun Babatunde called for the establishment of tilapia breeding centre to meet the deficit. He said despite that the country is the second largest fish producer in Africa after Egypt, there is need for concerted effort to produce more of tilapia. Source: https://leadership.ng/2018/03/21/fg-seeks-self-sufficiency-in-fish-production/