Aquaculture Gains 20,000 Acres in Pakistan11 July 2008
PAKISTAN - The Sindh Fisheries Minister, Zahid Ali Bhurgari, said that the Sindh government would allot 20,000 acres for the development of aquaculture in the province on modern lines.
Initially, he said the project would be established in Thatta and Badin districts and subsequently it would be extended to other parts of the province, reports Dawn.
Mr Bhurgari was speaking as chief guest at a training workshop on shrimp and hatchery management on Tuesday.
The event was organised by the Sindh Fisheries Department and the Fisheries Development Board Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). It was held under the auspices of Aquaculture and Shrimp Farming, a project of the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Livestock (Minfal).
Approved by the PSDP and Ecnec and to be executed by the Minfal and FDB, the project will cost Rs1.997 billion and it will be completed in five years.
According to Dawn, the minister said that the fisheries was a major industry and could play a crucial role in the provision of jobs to many educated youth. He, however, deplored that despite being an important sector, it was badly neglected by the previous governments.
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