Lahore, March 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan can make a quantum leap in export of marine fisheries by up-grading its fishing and fish processing technology at par with Chinese. It was stated by Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi, President, Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a press statement issued today. He observed that Chinese way of fisheries development may curb illiteracy among fishermen by transferring modern technology for preserving and processing marine fisheries, which will ultimately bring prosperity to the fishermen and competitiveness to the fisheries sector of Pakistan in the world market.
Shah Faisal Afridi regretted that over 90% of the fishermen community were illiterate, who were still following the centuries old method of “feel and See” for catching fish. They take their wooden hull boats in the shallow water, throw their nets and leave it to the nature for getting fish; he said adding that most of the time they have to stay in the water for a whole of the week and return with very little or nothing at all. The fishermen need to train with the modern navigation technology to discriminate between the edible and trash fish, apart from identifying species and size of the different fish, he added.
Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi said, China is one of the largest seafood-consuming countries in the world The total volume of Frozen Seafood Processing industry in China is up to $58.3 billion, out of which $6.4 billion belong to imports accounting for 11.6% of the domestic demand, he said and observed that there existed a vast room for Pakistani fisheries to meet Chinese market, whose import growth were increasing 2.7% per annum.
Describing the importance of fisheries sector of Pakistan, President PCJCCI said that fisheries and allied industrial activities were the most important economic activities along the coast of Sindh and Baluchistan supporting livelihood of about 1.0 million fishermen and their families living in rural villages under difficult conditions. He further said that fisheries were also an important sub sector of agriculture sector in Pakistan that was playing significant role in the national economy.
He said that keeping in mind the future of Gwadar and CPEC; it is the need of present time to renew the methods of fishing. He pointed out that about 23 percent of the total fish caught for the country was being obtained from Baluchistan and the government could change the life of fishermen around Gwadar by establishing modern processing units alongside the coastline.
He offered to bring Chinese expertise and investment in fisheries sector in case the government assures landholding coupled with the conducive policies. He said that some Chinese companies had already evinced their interest to enter into joint ventures for making modern boats, sheds and ice or marine fisheries.
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Wardah Ali Gohar
Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI)
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Lahore, Punjab – Pakistan
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