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No Ban On Fish Importation, Says Minister

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Story:  Edegbe Odemwingie

Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says the federal government has not banned the importation of fish which according to him cost the country over N125 billion in annual imports.

Speaking at the ministry’s 2014 budget defence, Adesina told the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture that fish imports have only been discouraged.

Adesina told the Muhammad Monguno-led House committee that the federal government’s efforts have paid off as fish importation to the country has dropped by 25 per cent.

In other areas, the minister said about 6.4 million Nigerian farmers redeemed their fertilisers through the free mobile phone scheme distributed to farmers last year.

Again, he said the ministry would tackle malnutrition of 2.3 million children in the North-East states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, which has been ravaged by an Islamist insurgency.

Due to the shrinking budgetary allocation, he said the ministry could only project N1.6 billion internally generated revenue (IGR) against last year’s N2.6 billion realised.

The ministry was allocated N36.2 billion for the 2014 fiscal year.

Chairman of the committee, Muhammad Monguno decried the reduced agricultural budget, which he said was down from 1.7 per cent in 2013 to 1.4 per cent in this year’s budget.

He said the development was in clear breach of the Maputo declaration which advocates 10 per cent allocation of the annual budget to agriculture.

Article Credit: Leadership Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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