December 27, 2012
Pakistan province seeks to improve fish export value
The Sindh administration of Pakistan aims to improve the value of seafood exports to US$1 billion by adopting new technologies to promote aquaculture, develop infrastructure and enhance capacity building of fishermen in the province.
"At present, Pakistan's seafood exports stand at just US$300 million and major share in exports is contributed by Sindh province," Director of Fisheries (Hatcheries & Trainings) at Department of Fisheries, Khawar Pervez Awan told reporters during their visit to coastal areas of the province.
Mr. Awan added that value addition could also help enhance the cost of the seafood adding that several countries were importing fish from Pakistan and exporting to other countries by using their own labels and trade mark.
Meanwhile, the exports of fish and fish preparations during the first five months of the current fiscal year witnessed slight increase of 0.57%.
Seafood exports during July-November (2012-13) stood at US$126.294 million against the exports of US$125.683 million during the same period of last year.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been financing Sindh Coastal Community Development Project and development of fisheries is a sub-component of that project.
The project is aimed at promoting fish rearing and growing culture.
Under the project, 30 fish ponds are to be constructed in Thatta besides installing 100 rafts for Oyster rearing and rehabilitation of Fish Hatchery in Badin district to produce quality seed.