Nigerian aquaculture at Skretting AquaForum

Skretting has brought together leaders from the Nigerian aquaculture industry Photo: Skretting Skretting has brought together leaders from the Nigerian aquaculture industry Photo: Skretting
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Skretting has brought together leaders in the Nigerian aquaculture industry to set the course for more productive development at the recently concluded Skretting AquaForum.

The forum, held in Lagos on 8 – 9 October and opened by Skretting chief executive, Therese Log Bergjord, was attended by more than 90 of Nigeria’s largest aquaculture producers. Other attendees included government representatives and industry experts who came together to discuss best practices, professionalism, market analysis, value addition and government policies.

Dutch Consul General in Lagos, Jan van Weijen, shared his views on the importance of aquaculture. “I started 25 years ago in Nigeria, and there were 140 million people then. Nowadays Nigeria has over 200 million mouths to feed. Aquaculture is vital in providing enough protein to feed the country,” he said.

The first day of the event included a culinary session preparing catfish and tilapia whilst the second day played host to a panel discussion on the struggles, solutions and efforts taking place in the industry.

Despite local aquaculture production, the majority of consumed fish is imported into Nigeria. General manager Skretting Nigeria, Seyi Adeleke-Ige, highlighted the development of Skretting in Nigeria over the past five years and emphasised the importance of the forum in bringing leaders together.

“Skretting Nigeria believes that only by working together we can truly strengthen the industry further and accelerate the needed growth of aquaculture in Nigeria,” she said. “During AquaForum there was a strong focus on the industry as a whole being ‘partners for growth’."

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