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Fishery: Nigerian Government Launches Policy To Tackle Malnutrition

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), has launched a policy brief on fisheries and aquaculture, to address malnutrition in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the document titled, “Transformation and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria,” in Abuja, the Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, who is represented by the director special project in the ministry Mrs. Fausat Yususf said that it is in the interest of the nation for everyone to champion the success of implementing the policy.

“This is a significant gathering that has brought together all relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian fisheries sector with one objective of attaining the immense potential that aquatic foods can contribute to sustainable healthy diets and addressing the burden of malnutrition in Nigeria.

“Permit me to remind us this gathering of experts that the aquatic environment as we are all aware, is of utmost importance to the survival of mankind and the ecosystem Aside from providing us with food, it is also regulating our climate,” he said.

According to him, aquaculture as everyone is aware is the fastest growing sector to increasing fish production and that he has mandated the department to work towards increasing aquaculture production by an additional 250,000MT since he assumed office, to help create an additional 1.1 million jobs in the sector.

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