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Aquatic Hub Afrique Network is an offshoot of Fish Shoal Nigeria. Fish Shoal Nigeria (Trading Arm of Aquatic Hub Afrique) was founded in 2006 and incorporated in 2011, solely to address the production of good quality fish in Nigeria. The huge potential in the Aquaculture Industry over the years has increased but the vehicles to deliver the desired growth are missing due to lack of skilled key players (staff) responsible for the production of fish. On this premise, Fish Shoal Nigeria decided to establish a pan-African Aquaculture training centre in February, 2017.
Nigeria’s aquaculture industry is largely untapped, and is characterized by poor access to soft credit facilities, lack of the requisite technical skills and the unavailability of good quality and moderately priced fish seeds and feeds, all of which mitigates the sector’s growth and development. The total annual fish demand in Nigeria is estimated at 3.4 million metric tons. About 40% of this demand is met domestically resulting in an annual import expenditure of over N125billion ($625 million) on fish. An expansion in the domestic production of fish will create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for unemployed youth and women, and this can be achieved by building their skill set (technical and entrepreneurial), teaching them basic principles of civic development, providing access to financial resources, providing market linkages and supporting them through mentorship.
Aquatic Hub Afrique Network (AHAN) was established for the purpose of capacity building in Agriculture with its primary focus on Aquaculture. AHAN is an organization established with the aim of creating and expanding employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for target groups along the aquaculture value chain. It adopts an empowerment model that focuses on building core competencies of individuals (youth, women, aged, retirees, etc.) to profitably manage businesses along the aquaculture value chain; AHAN also engages in civic development and mentorship of trainees. Aquatic Hub Afrique Network is a member of the United Nations Private Sector Advisory Group.