The Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said the Nigerian government spends at least $60 million to import fish on an annual basis.
The Minister was said to have made this note while receiving a delegation of private investors from The Netherlands in his office, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Mrs Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa.
According to the statement, the Minister requested the delegation, led by the Ambassador of The Netherlands to Nigeria, Marion Kappeyne, to assist the country in cattle breeding while adding that the government was ready to collaborate with Dutch government to boast Nigeria’s agriculture sector.
Areas where he demanded support were research and aquaculture.
In her address, The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Kappeyne, said the delegation was in the ministry to explore areas of collaboration for the development of the agricultural sector, including improved seeds, horticulture, aquaculture, poultry and nutrition, among others.
Kappeyne assured of the readiness of the government of Netherlands to support Nigeria in bringing about the revolution in the agriculture sector.