Experts emphasize exploitation of export potential of freshwater fish


Islamabad —Experts and participants of a seminar regarding “Export po
tential of Fisheries from Sukkur region” have called for exploitation of the rich export potential existed in the region for the benefit of country.
The seminar was organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, (TDAP) sub regional office Sukkur in collaboration of State Bank of Pakistan Sukkur the other day at SBP-BSC Sukkur office. The main purpose to organize the seminar was to highlight the export potential of fisheries sector of Sukkur region so as to enhance the exports from this region, said a statement issued by the TDAP.
Sukkur region was the main hub for supply of fresh water fish for domestic consumption in Pakistan.
The seminar was attended by the Fish traders of Sukkur, Agriculture Extension department Sukkur, Livestock & Fisheries department Sukkur, Sukkur Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Larkana Chamber of Commerce & Industry & other stakeholders.
Mir Mohsin Bullo- Assistant Manager TDAP Sukkur delivered a presentation in the seminar & provided detailed information to participants of seminar about Export Potential of Freshwater Fish of Sukkur region in International Markets.
He further said that Sukkur region has the potential of being a major producer of freshwater fish in Sindh and also boosts some of the finest varieties of freshwater fish in Pakistan but it has a very small share in country’s export. Pakistan’s fisheries major buyers are China, Thailand, Vietnam, Middle East, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Japan, etc. and the major competitors are Bangladesh and India.
The competition will increase even further as Iran is gearing up to start its fish export and according to a report, it has already captured part of Pakistani fish market. Pakistan can only achieve the greater share of international markets if it can follow international quality standards and that can only happen if Pakistan has better technology to process the catch according to the global standards. In addition, the government is taking other steps to improve fisheries sector, which include strengthening of extension services, introduction of new fishing methodologies, increased production through aquaculture, development of value added products, enhancement of per capita consumption of fish and upgradation of socio-economic conditions of the fishermen’s community. Rasool Bux, Deputy Director, Agriculture extension department discussed the role of fisheries in agriculture sector & provided the knowledge about integrated system in fish farming.
Qurban Ali Mirani, President Fish market Sukkur and Maqbool Ahmed Siyal-Secretary Fish market Sukkur suggested to send a trade delegation to Afghanistan to capture that market as that market has the potential & Pakistan can easily meet their requirements by providing them qualitative fish of Pakistan & also requested TDAP to take necessary action to enter in Afghanistan market with the help of Pakistan embassy/mission at Afghanistan.—APP