WISHH Perspectives

WISHH Panel Stars at Nigeria: Now Conference

This week, the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program sponsored the participation of Nigerian strategic partners at the annual Nigeria: Now Conference in Lagos.

WISHH led a panel discussion, Partnering with US SOY to Tackle Food and Nutritional Insecurity, which gave an overview of it’s work in aquaculture development in Nigeria. During the discussion, Animal Care Laboratories noted WISHH’s role in bridging knowledge gaps and transferring research-based insights to Nigerian fish farmers.

WISHH’s training programs though Animal Care, a leading business that offers livestock feeds, animal diagnostics and animal health products, have been instrumental in enhancing water quality testing and establishing effective procedures for detecting fish pathogens. These initiatives aim to improve fish health and growth rates, contributing to the sustainability and productivity of local fish farms. Sofolabi Sofela, a WISHH technical expert and regional aquaculturist, moderated the panel. Previously, he emphasized the growing reliance on protein-rich U.S. Soy for fish feed.

“There is a strong line between the survival of fish farms in Africa and more need for feed,” Sofela explained. “As fish farms grow, that means more people in Nigeria can be fed, specifically with the population growth issues we’re facing.”

The United Soybean Board sponsored WISHH’s participation in the conference and supports WISHH’s global aquaculture strategy that provides protein solutions and works to increase global demand for U.S. soy.

Nigeria: Now is an annual executive delegation from the U.S. led by USSEC’s CEO, Jim Sutter. The conference aims to bring together U.S. Soybean industry leaders and exporters with key stakeholders from the Nigerian soybean value chain. 

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