FG Launches National Aquatic Animal Health Strategy to Combat Diseases

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced the National Aquatic Animal Health Strategy (NAAHS 2023-2027) in a bid to safeguard and enhance the well-being of aquatic animals across the country.

Speaking at the inauguration event held in Abuja, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, highlighted the importance of the occasion for Nigeria’s aquatic ecosystems.

Representing Dr. Umakhihe, Dr. Ime Umoh, Director of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, expressed that the unveiled strategy would serve as a key guide to elevate the safety and productivity of fisheries in Nigeria.

Dr. Ernest emphasized, “The outbreak of diseases among aquatic animals not only endangers trade operations but also poses a threat to livelihoods, food security, the health of ecosystems, and even public health.”

He further raised concerns about the indiscriminate application of antibiotics in aquaculture, stating that it significantly contributes to the escalation of AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR).

In his remarks, Mr. Hassan Mundu, a representative of the Tilapia Development Association of Nigeria, applauded the Ministry and other stakeholders for instigating this comprehensive framework and called for swift implementation of the strategy to ensure its effectiveness.

Farmers Voice NG gathered that the core purpose of this strategic document is to establish a methodical, holistic, and sustainable approach to prevent, manage, and control diseases affecting aquatic animals in Nigeria.

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