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    PKR 493 Million worth Fish Farming Project Launched in Skardu, GB

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    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan launched the project: National Program for Improvement of Water Courses, GB component under PM’s Agriculture Emergency Program. In the inauguration ceremony Governor; Chief Minister GB, Provincial Minister & Secretary for Fisheries and Livestock, Chief Secretary GB and Jahangir Khan Tareen participated. The incumbent government right at the start gave agriculture a great importance and PM’s Agriculture Emergency Program was initiated to dramatically change the traditional outlook of agriculture and to bring it in line with the modern demands by infusion of capital; expertise and technology. Almost all the agro fields were taken into account for the subject development. There are 13 projects in toto in which all the provincial governments and departments are stakeholders and the subject projects were designed and would subsequently be executed in collaboration with provincial departments. It is pertinent to mention that two of the projects are already launched earlier this month. After the inauguration of backyard poultry and water conservation initiative in GB Federal Minister proceeded to Skardu where he inaugurated of trout fish farming project worth PKR 493million was launched at the site of Hosho fish hatchery farm and later the federal minister and the team were briefed about cage culture trout farming at Jarboso (blind lake) Federal Minister on the occasion said that Pakistan is blessed with enormous fresh water reservoirs and it has 1100 km long coastline, which is ideal for fish farming and development of aquaculture; unfortunately these natural water resources are not tapped up to the maximum level. This has not only affected Pakistan trade but also there is a stark difference between Pakistan and rest of the world’s per capita fish consumption which is one of reasons for stunted growth in children. So far we are unable to develop marine aquaculture in Pakistan. It is so encouraging to note that the incumbent government has fathomed the importance of agriculture, fisheries and livestock. PM directed to formulate a task force and an exclusive working group was formulated for fisheries comprising members of public and private sector from provincial and federal fisheries departments. After thorough deliberations three projects are started for the next five years: Shrimp farming, cage culture and trout farming in GB and KPK with the cost of 2.3 billion rupees, and for the current financial year for fisheries PKR 13 billion are specified. Mehboob Sultan said GB and KPK are rich with natural waters in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. These waters are ideal for trout farming with enhanced fish production to make up for food deficiency in the country and it will promote tourism as per the vision of Prime Minister. This will play a vital role for sound economical development. Federal Minister said that he had already told the media that the government is going to formulate first ever fisheries policy in line with modern day requirements with technical assistance from FAO. With successful completion of these projects we would give great boost to our exports. As I suggested to my dear fish farmers in swat I also request you that please get maximum benefit from this natural resource and explore opportunities in trout fish farming and play their part for the national development; said the federal Minister.

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