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14 December 2020

Lagos establishes Aquaculture Centre, targets 10,000 new jobs.

The Government will establish the Lagos Aquaculture Centre of Excellence,L.A.C.E in collaboration with a private investor in order to boost fish production in the State.

Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu, at the 2020 edition of the Lagos Seafood Festival held at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, explained that the Centre was expected to generate about 5,000 small holder fish farms which would in turn create about one thousand indirect jobs during the construction phase and another five hundred direct job opportunities for people that would be engaged at different phases of project.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Doctor Obafemi Hamzat added that the present supply of fish and other seafood products in the State was insufficient to meet the fish and seafood demands of Lagosians; hence the need to have a private sector driven aquaculture centre.

According to a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture, Jide Lawal, the Project would include the establishment of a 50million fish hatchery facility, projected 2000 tons per annum table sized fish production schedule, 24,000 tons per annum fish feed mill as well as a twenty thousand ton-per-annum fish and seafood processing centre.

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