. Desires stockfish delisted from 43 gadgets of prohibited imports
By Godwin Oritse
IMPORTERS of stockfish underneath the aegis if First Premier Stockfish Importers Affiliation has referred to as on the Federal Authorities have referred to as on the Federal Authorities to carry the ban on Overseas Alternate for the importation of stockfish and stockfish heads into Nigeria.
The group additionally on the federal government to take away Stockfish from the checklist of 43 gadgets banned from accessing Foreign exchange.
Talking on the ongoing Norwegian Seafood Council Seminar in Lagos, President of the group, Mr. Gregory Illobinso mentioned that the necessity to have Stockfish delisted from the checklist of prohibited imports can’t be overemphasized.
Illobinso additionally mentioned that Stockfish was not initially on the checklist including that it’s addition got here as a shock and has made unimaginable to entry Overseas change to hold out their commerce.
He defined that worth chain of the Stockfish commerce has additionally been distorted as folks concerned within the chain have misplaced their jobs whereas Nigerians are dropping their main supply of protein.
He mentioned: “The inclusion of Stockfish within the checklist of prohibited gadgets has introduced untold hardship to importers, inclusion of stockfish on the checklist could possibly be attributed to low quantity of Stockfish import.
“The low quantity of import has additionally resulted in low stage of protein supply for Nigerians.
“The Federal Authorities ought to revisit the checklist and take away Stockfish from the checklist in order that we don’t free solely the financial advantages within the worth chain but additionally the delicacy.”
Illobinso additionally referred to as for the discount on the obligation payable on the commodity from 20 % to 10 % with a view to resuscitating the dying Stockfish commerce.
Equally, Director, West- and Central Africa · Norwegian Seafood Council Trond Kostveit mentioned that stockfish and different sort of fishes weren’t included till about two years in the past.
Kostveit additionally mentioned that the inclusion of stockfish on the checklist has negatively affected the amount of import to Nigeria.
He disclosed that solely about 8,000 metric tons was imported in opposition to 9,000 metric tons in 2019.
Initially, imported pelagic fish and stockfish.
“Initially, imported pelagic fish and stockfish weren’t included on this checklist, nevertheless fish was later included.
“With the inclusion of fish on the checklist, it routinely affected the importation of stockfish and stockfish heads.”