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Punjab setting up 'biggest fish seed hatchery of Asia'

Published Mar 04, 2016 03:05pm

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LAHORE: The government of Punjab is setting up a number of fisheries and fish farms that will turn the southern region of Punjab into "a hub of fisheries".

Work is underway on construction of the "biggest fish seed hatchery in Asia" in Rajanpur, in southwestern Punjab, according to a tweet from the official account of the Punjab government.

To meet the requirement of fish seeds of fish farmers in Bahawalpur, the fisheries department has provided five million fish seeds for the private and public sectors.

The provincial government has also set up fish farms on an area of 500 acres in Derawar, Bahawalpur in an attempt to develop fisheries there.

Additionally, a hatchery is being established in Muzaffargarh for breeding fish in salt water.

The recorded consumption of fish and fish products is the lowest in Pakistan and the highest in Sri Lanka in the South Asian region, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in Dec last year.

The national consumption figure, based on the household consumption survey of 2011, was 0.6kg.

The FAO survey report attributed the low figure to the tendency to export much of the fish production and the low purchasing power of a majority of the country’s citizens.

Pakistan’s seafood exports in 2014-15 stood at 140,639 tonnes ($349.5m) compared to 150,498 tonnes ($369m) in 2013-14. The average unit price in FY15 was $2.49 per kg versus $2.45 in the preceding year.

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Comments (21) Closed



M.Saeed Mar 04, 2016 03:17pm

Three dimensional (bounded) fish farms in sea are the answer to all our needs.

Rustom E Hind Mar 04, 2016 03:31pm

truly sherif brothers are great visionaries

msadiq Mar 04, 2016 03:54pm

Great job Punjab Government !

NHA Mar 04, 2016 03:55pm

Punjab does not have the luxury of Sea, so it is resorting to Pond Fish Forming. Well done , CM Punjab for such a bold initiative.

Ahmar Qureshi Mar 04, 2016 04:04pm

We need to appreciate the productive efforts of the Government! this hatchery will bring viable mediums of employment for the locals. Ever Green Pakistan Ever Shine Pakistan! :-)

Jumz Mar 04, 2016 04:05pm

Good work. Just set it up and get it working. Everything doesnt have to be the biggest or started on the largest scale. Whats our obsession with everything grand? Productivity matters more. Smaller initiatives would suffice as well if they contribute to the economy.

Dilwala Mar 04, 2016 04:18pm

Have we have done any environmental study? or we will see how it pan out. Where this recycled water will go? which river will be polluted?

Muhammad Zafar iqbal Mar 04, 2016 04:19pm

Another good initiative by Shabaz government, others only make tall claims but do nothing but this man is doing his job silently bot with clarity.

Ali Mar 04, 2016 04:52pm

Thankyou nawaz shareef...

Red Dawn Mar 04, 2016 05:38pm

PTI must see corruption in it? Right?

Salman Mar 04, 2016 07:15pm

A good initiative by the Punjab government, it will create number of local jobs and reduce the price of the fish- Another source of food.

Government must regulate this industry effectively to minimize its negative impact on the environment.

A must watch VIDEO in the following article. It provides number of valuable tips how to do Fish Farming. http://healthresearchfunding.org/pros-cons-fish-farming/

http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/amazon/indepth-fishfarming.html

aslam shaikh Mar 04, 2016 08:02pm

Very good initiative but a careful program is needed for taking care of the pollutants.

Ijaz Mar 04, 2016 09:50pm

A great initiative, but it must be planned and maintained carefully to minimise land degradation and water pollution.

I must say I was extremely surprised to see how low fish in Pakistan is 600g per capita! I think I must eat twice that in a month!

AJ Mar 04, 2016 10:29pm

@Dilwala you are correct about the waste. Also, how about he clean water, in the first place, with all that untreated waste water dumped in the rivers.

Fried Chillies Mar 04, 2016 11:09pm

Something too fishy about this one

Sasa Mar 04, 2016 11:33pm

Bangladesh and West Bengal also are the biggest fish markets in the world beside Sri Lanka as write up depicted.

Woz ahmed Mar 05, 2016 12:35am

Our water is very polluted from agricultural chemicals and industry, so we must take care.

Am sure there has been much planning and research into this project, but can someone explain why salt water fish are being bred in Punjab, is the local water that saline ?

Asif Mar 05, 2016 02:05am

We are killing fish and therefore making ocean empty. Better to focus on agriculture and food crop as there is no global warming in farming.

CALCUTTA MAN Mar 05, 2016 06:22am

@Asif

"We are killing fish and therefore making ocean empty. "

Does 'fish seed' mean anything to you????

Rejoice Mar 05, 2016 07:03am

Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet. It is loaded with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D. Fish is also the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for our body and brain. Fatty types of fish are considered the healthiest. That is because fatty fish (like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna and mackerel) are higher in fat-based nutrients. This includes the Fat soluble vitamin D, high quality protein, iodine, various vitamins and minerals that most of the people are deficient in. It functions like a steroid hormone in the body. Fish may also help in lowering risk of heart attacks and strokes.

KB Mar 05, 2016 10:06am

Another money minting pump by Govt.