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INLAND AQUACULTURE A POTENTIAL AREA FOR PAK-CHINA COOPERATION

According to Dr. Saeed Murtaza Hasan Andravi, Director of Animal Sciences Institute, NARC in Pakistan, fisheries is a big and emerging sector, especially inland fisheries. He told that this is an emerging sector and has proven itself equally valuable to agriculture. He explained that it provides a good diet to humans, which is high in protein and can be exported to earn foreign exchange, adding that “if we look at all these factors such as human health, poverty alleviation, nutritious diet, export, fisheries has proven itself.”

Meanwhile, China is advanced in aquaculture fishery. In this new avenue in the business sector, he believes that aquaculture fisheries can be a good opportunity for Chinese investors and the Pakistani side can learn from Chinese experience and expertise. “For the inland fish farming, farmers need a good, cheap and easily available aqua feed. This is a very good field for Chinese investment. As for breeding, Chinese investors can bring the new Chinese fish breeds to Pakistan and set up their farms, hatcheries and sell these and their eggs to the farmers. This also requires investment, preferably from Chinese,” he said. Now a huge quantity of Pakistan’s seafood is exported to China, “we need to open avenues of export to China from aquaculture and inland fisheries along with seafood.” Pakistani scientists have been working with Chinese experts in close liaison for the past few years and working to introduce Chinese breeding techniques and Chinese breeds such as trout to Pakistan. NARC, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has established two laboratories at its research station namely Mountain Agriculture Research Centre (MARC) Juglote, Gilgit-Baltistan, with the technical cooperation of Gansu Fisheries Research Institute (GFRI), China.