The Catfish Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFFAN) has accused the Fisheries Department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of frustrating its effort to export smoked fish to the United States of America.
While Speaking with The Guardian, The National President of The Catfish Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria, CAFFAN, Mr Rotimi revealed the United States placed a ban on Nigeria smoked fish after all letters sent by the US Department of Agriculture were not responded to.
Speaking on how the problem began, Oloye said, “Between November 2017 and February 18, 2018, US Department of Agriculture wrote six letters to the Federal Department of Fisheries, Nigeria, calling their attention to inflows of substandard products to their country and improper documentation of the imported fish.
“They wanted to know details of the production of the fish. So, they got no response to the six letters to the Federal Government. That was why the door was shut against us.
Speaking further, he pointed out the crisis began after it was discovered some exporters were exporting low-quality fish, breaching the standard.
He said other countries involved had been recertified after they quickly responded to the query sent by the US Department of Agriculture.
However, the Director of the Department of Fisheries, Mr John Babatunde while responding to the issues raised by the fish farmers assured the ministry was making effort to resolve the crisis but the US department will do things at its own pace.