Lahore—In order to meet the growing demand of fish seed, Rs.632.6 million are being spent on the establishment of new hatcheries and nursery units besides use of barren lands for fisheries purpose. Main objective of the project is to provide quality fish seed to the fish farmers.
Director General Fisheries Punjab, Dr. Muhammad Ayub divulged this while presiding over a review meeting regarding ongoing development projects. Director Fisheries (Extension) Dr. Iftikhar Qureshi, Deputy Director (Planning & Development) Ansar Mehmood Chatha and other concerned officers were also present.
DG Fisheries said that a large hatchery is being established in Lahore at Bhaseen on 60 acres of land whereas five nursery units over six acres land each are being set up in Pakpattan, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal, Chiniot and Nankana Sahib.
He said that through establishment of a large fish seed hatchery and nursery units in five districts, production of additional three million quality fish seed of culturable fish species could be possible as well as problems of fish farmers would also be addressed as these districts are lacking this facility.
Dr. Ayub said that in order to fulfill fish seed requirements of the public and private sectors, barren lands would be utilized for the promotion of fisheries and in this regard a comprehensive plan has been devised with a cost of 16 crore 56 lakh rupees.