Pakistan produces 937.000 tonnes of fish

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Pakistan produced about 937 thousand tonnes of fish in 2010-11, from which about 50 per cent of the total fish production is consumed locally. According to official sources, 22 per cent of the total fish production is exported, whereas 28 percent is converted into the fish meal for poultry industry. Officials said that fish and fishery products from Pakistan are exported to 75 countries of the world along with seafood in frozen, dried, chilled, fresh and live form. “There are 65 fish processing plants with the capacity to process 800 metric tonnes of fish and shrimps daily”, official informed. They observed that the sector faced constraints in production such as: poor information of stocks in potential areas, old fishing vessels with insufficient on-board facilities, unavailability of quality fish seed, poor marketing infrastructure and weak capacity of fishermen, he maintained. The sources said that many of these constraints are planned by the authorities to be addressed through various development projects.

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