November 10,2003



Pakistan's Fish Industry To Rise To WTO Standards


Pakistan's fish industry must raise standards to compete in the global market in line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) standards, Dr Naeem Khan, dean of wild life and fisheries faculty in the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences announced on November 8.

In a seminar in the university, Dr Khan said it was necessary that an integrated marketing and sale system be built in Pakistan before WTO's implementation; otherwise Pakistan would lose the opportunity to win a share in the international market.

He said that cleanliness was one of the major aspects to be noticed. "Our fish have been sent back to us from international markets because they are unclean," he said. He demanded the government set up a quality control laboratory that would certify fish products to meet standards requirements.

Dr Khan said fishermen must be taught WTO rules. He said this would help them upgrade their fish farms to meet WTO imposed standards. He proposed the government should tailor a training and orientation campaign for fishermen.