AQUA NEWS

COVID-19 DISRUPTING TRADE OF AQUATIC PRODUCTS BETWEEN PAKISTAN ND CHINA

According to China Economic Net, out of Pakistan’s total fishery exports, 60 per cent are destined for China. “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, our export to China declined”, shared a fisherman from the Karachi Port. According to Chinese customs, in September alone, frozen food from Pakistan has been tested positive for four times. “In the post-pandemic era, digital means provide a possibility for the badly-hit aquatic sector to revive”, For this purpose, a brand new digital platform “CFSE Global Marketplace” has been launched by CFSE in partner with Tencent, to bring global exhibitors and visitors together online, including Pakistani participants. Looking forward the official anticipates that a food system transformation that unleashes the full potential of aquaculture and is adapted to pandemic scenarios, improved aquaculture resilience by preparing for emergencies in advance, appropriate government relief and social support, augmented R&D in fish farming  methods, fish feed, and new variaties, digitalization and automation, and enhanced cooperation and partnership. In particular, digital technology is a means that can be applied throughout the industrial chain and bring benefit to all. From fish farm and staff health monitoring, marketing and expansion of customer base, non-contact delivery, to government subsidy distribution, it can have a greater role to play.