Cost Of Fish May Rise Unless,,, Fish Farmers Warn

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Ilorin

Fish farmers in the country have urged the Federal government to ease provision and procurement of forex for farmers, through the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and other windows.

This, they said became necessary to avoid increase in the prices of fish.

They described as worrisome the recent increment in the cost of fish feeds by the importers, citing scarce forex among other factors.

Speaking through the Chairman of Kwara state Fish Farmers Association ( KWAFFA),Malam Buhari Sulyman, the farmers warned that if the government failed to intervene “cost of fishes will rise astronomically and we believe this will be a big burden on the Nigerian citizens at this period.”

The farmers also called for waivers and tax holidays for fish feeds importers, to enable them import more fish feeds at subsidized rate.

Their other demands from the government include the provision of soft intervention credit facilities through their various associations and adequate waivers or mobility passes for the transportation of fish and fish products across the country .

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