Government of Poland has expressed its readiness to work with Nigeria to achieve self sufficiency in fish production because of the availability of modern fish processing facilities in Poland.
Polish Deputy Minister of the Economy, Mr. Andrzej Dycha stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina in Abuja.
Dycha, according to a statement by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Tony Ohaeri, disclosed that most of the fish products imported into Nigeria from Norway are processed in Poland.
The minister, who was accompanied on the visit by the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Niesio Cowsles informed his host that Poland can offer services in the area of agricultural production and storage which will be beneficial to Nigeria.
Dycha said he was at the ministry to meet Adesina in relation to the work Nigeria and Poland are jointly doing in agriculture and to strengthen the existing relationship between the two countries.
Responding, Adesina said Nigeria is willing to widen the existing relationship with Poland in the agricultural sector particularly in increasing crop yields, expansion of processing facilities, packaging, reduction in post harvest losses and sustainable land utilization.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Architect Sonny Echono also mentioned expansion of production and processing in animal production as well as establishment of working relationships between agricultural research institutions of the two countries.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Research/Fishing Vessel MV Bayagbona which was commission in 2014 by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was built in Poland.


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