Under the project, four new hatcheries would be established apart from renovating four existing hatcheries, setting up of 11 model shrimp farms (3 in Sindh and 8 in Balochistan), 6 model markets (2 in Punjab, 2 in Sindh and 1 in Balochistan and 1 in NWFP), cage culture at five sites along with construction of office accommodation of fisheries marine section in Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock at Islamabad.
“The required land would be provided by the provincial governments for hatcheries, model fish farms and model fish markets. However, land for office building of Fisheries Management Section is available at National Agriculture Research Council,” the official said. The project also envisages promotion of shrimp farming on 2000 hectares of coastal land in Sindh and Balochistan.
Provincial governments will provide land for shrimp farming on lease to the private sector. The project would be implemented over a period of five years. The official said that project has been recommended by CDWP’s last meeting to ECNEC for approval.
He said that the project would not only help improve socio-economic uplift of fisher folk, but also enhance domestic production of fish and shrimp.
Source: The International News