The University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore, and the Punjab Fisheries Department jointly conducted successful induced breeding experiments on pangasius first time in public sector at Sindhuwan Fish Hatchery, Near Head Baloki in Kasur.
This is another great breakthrough in the history of aquaculture industry of Pakistan after successfully developing and disseminating induced fish breeding technology of carps in 1960s and sex reversal technology of Tilapia in 2013.
The scientists of UVAS and the Punjab Fisheries Department have worked hard on local as well as exotic commercially important and high value snakehead and catfish species (Channa marulius (Sole), Wallago attu (mallee), Clarius batarachus and Clarius garipenius) and have successfully developed protocols of induced breeding.
The work on snakehead and catfish breeding has been carried out under two research projects won by Dean Faculty of Fisheries and Wildlife Prof Dr Noor Khan from HEC (Prospects of culturing and induced breeding of Pangasius in Pakistan) and PARB (Interactive effect of manipulated artificial feeds on the growth and breeding potential of Channa spp.) with the partnership of Punjab Fisheries Department.