YOCCAP FISH PROJECT VALUE CHAIN
Fish constitutes about 41% of the total animal protein intake by the average Nigerian, hence, there is great demand for fish in the country.
Nigeria requires about 3.2 million metric tons of fish annually to satisfy the dietary requirement of its citizens. Regrettably, the total aggregate domestic fish supply from all sources (capture and culture fisheries) is about 1.2 million metric tons per annum leaving a gap of about 2million MT to be closed
The huge sum of money spent by Nigeria annually in fish importation can be used to invest in fish farming. Nigeria can substitute fish importation with domestic production to create jobs, reduce poverty in rural areas where 70% of the population lives and ease the balance of payments.
A review of the various food production systems reveals aquaculture (fish farming|) as an important strategy in the global fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty particularly in the developing nations including Nigeria.
Nigeria has the capacity to attain the desired fish self-sufficiency within a short period of time if the numerous aquaculture potentials, which abound the nation is adequately utilized. These potentials are estimated at about 3.5 million metric tons of fish annually.
We sensitize and mobilize young people to participate actively in the aquaculture segment of the economy.
Production and marketing of fresh and smoke fish using the YOCCAP