Finnish Firm to Set up Fish Feed Plant in Lagos04 December 2013
NIGERIA - The Lagos State government on Friday said a Finland-based firm is planning to set up a fish feed plant in the state.
Daily Independent reports that the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Gbolahan Lawal, disclosed this at a press conference in Alausa where he unveiled programmes for the state’s forthcoming Second Seafood Festival on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Mr Lawal said the firm had contacted him personally on its intention, saying both parties were already working out modalities for the plant.
The commissioner said when established, the plant would boost fish production in the state, as it would reduce the supply-demand gap of fish feeds.
He said a Chinese firm and another American company had also signified interests to establish fish processing plants in the state.
He said the interests meant that government’s effort to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the state’s fish industry was working.
The commissioner restated the commitment of the government to achieving self-sufficiency in fish production in the state.
On the Seafood Festival, Gbolahan said the event was to showcase the food tourism potential of the state.
He said it was also to stimulate the investment potential of the state in relation to aquaculture and artisanal fisheries.
Mr Lawal said over 3,000 local and international tourists were expected at the festival.
“The event will offer the state’s fisher folks the opportunities to interact with tourists and fun seekers to enjoy and savour fresh sea foods in Lagos waters.”
“Apart from the display of sea foods, the festival will also feature cooking competition and would offer culinary services, “ he said.
The commissioner said the festival would also feature a pepper soup eating competition, saying the best eaters would be given prizes.
Gbolahan said the government was liaising with the appropriate international agencies on how the festival could be included in the international tourism calendar.
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