The University of Ibadan (UI) in collaboration with other partners, yesterday, organised a workshop to promote sustainable aquaculture and best management practices in the Nigerian Catfish and Tilapia industries.
The workshop titled: “Improving Biosecurity: A Science-based Approach to Manage Fish Disease Risks and Increase the Socio economic Contribution of the Nigerian Catfish and Tilapia Industries,” had in attendance stakeholders in the academia and industry.
In her address, the Principal Investigator of one of the USAID funded projects under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, said the spate of growth of the Nigerian Aquaculture industry in the last fifteen years is unprecedented, hence the essence of the project having identified gaps.
The Head of Department, Veterinary Medicine, UI Prof. Gabriel Ogundipe said the project came at the right time to solve issues in the aquaculture in Nigeria.
He stated that there had been limited research done in aquaculture hence the inability of the industry to grow and boost economic development adding that the purpose of the workshop was to bridge the gap.
The project which was funded by USAID, was hosted by University of Ibadan and The International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) also known as WorldFish, Malaysia and Mississippi State University, USA.