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FISH IS A FUTURE PROTEIN

The global population is increasing, which means we will have more and more mouths to feed in the future. But the question is: how could it be done sustainably?

At present, a third of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of food production. Therefore, it is highly crucial to look for sustainable food options for the future that are less resource-intensive and low impact (environment) protein.  A lot of research has been done and still ongoing on exploring such food options and to reduce the related risks. The areas that capture maximum interest are nutrition, environmental impact, and health. It is because of the fact that if the balance among these three pillars loses, it will end up in a world with more hunger, starvation and poverty.

What matters the most is to understand how important it is to preserve the biodiversity, land, freshwater, and reduce dietary carbon impact for a healthy tomorrow. Around the globe, many disruptors (Feed innovations, farming Models, etc.) have already made their way in the food sector to lower their related impact without compromising performance and productivity. Whereas, in Pakistan, these are gradually advancing.

While comparing aquaculture with livestock – beef, poultry, and crops, it has found that aquaculture (FISH) is a low impact protein and less resource-intensive when practiced and managed well.

While comparing aquaculture with livestock – beef, poultry, and crops, it has found that aquaculture (FISH) is a low impact protein and less resource-intensive when practiced and managed well. Moreover, it is an efficient converter and has shown good FCR (1:1).  It’s NATURE’s SUPERFOOD because of the rightful blend of essential nutrients. Fish is not only a quality protein but is also a solution to stunting, malnutrition, and depression. These are the cry of the day and need an immediate and effective solution.  Adding fish to your meal allows you to fight them and prevent different diseases like heart attack, stroke, Diabetes Type I, and age related disorders. It is rich in omega3 fatty acids that improve your memory and vision as well as keeps you young and healthy.

Regardless of all these nutritional and health benefits, fish consumption in Pakistan is far lower (2kg) than that of the world (20kg). This might be because of factors like lack of proper markets, consumer perception and taste, awareness/marketing and availability of affordable-quality fish. Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector globally, and in Pakistan, it is pacing up too. Here it will be wise to know first what we are targeting at, either its local consumption or exports and devise a proper strategy for it. Fish is future protein, holds immense potential and can contribute greatly to feed the multiplying population in a sustainable way.