Abuja wants to reduce its foreign currency expenditure by banning fish imports and boosting local production, but farmers say producing fish locally is an expensive effort.

Customers lean towards imported fish as the price is cheaper.
Customers lean towards imported fish as the price is cheaper. (AP)

Fish is a staple food in Nigeria, Africa's most densely populated country. 

The country produces a third of it while nearly 70 percent of the fish consumed in Nigeria is imported.

Now, the government wants to boost local fish production and ban imports by 2020. 

Fish farmers say their biggest problem is high production costs and that they need financial support to meet growing demand. 

TRT World's Olive Nwoke-Onokwai has more from capital Abuja.

Source: TRT World