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LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif said that department of Fisheries has taken laudable step by convening an International Symposium on "Fisheries Trade and Investment opportunities".

This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister in his message which was read out in 5th International Fisheries Symposium (ITF) jointly arranged by the Punjab Fisheries department and Pakistan Fisheries Society in collaboration with European Uion, Food and Agriculture Organization and Fisheries Development Board here at local hotel on Tuesday.

He said that symposium would create opportunities for investors from private sector to invest in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.

He said that fisheries sector has been given due importance in the manifesto of the PMLN. He said that it was fundamental policy of the government to promote Public private partnership as well as private sector investment in the sector.

He assured the participants especially foreign delegates that present government will facilitate the private investors in setting up modern aquaculture technology Park and fish export processing zone to initiate fisheries export from Punjab.

He also welcomed all the delegates and wished them pleasant and fruitful stay in Lahore.

Provincial Minister for Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Malik Mohammad Asif Bha Awan inaugurated the Symposium on the behalf of Punjab Chief Minister.

Addressing the symposium he said that Punjab Fisheries department was focused to promote fisheries in the province. Natural water was under continuous stress of over exploitation and ever increasing pollution, he added.

He said that drought also adversely affected the water resources and under these circumstances it has become responsibility for fisheries scientists to join hands and put in efforts to develop Aquaculture Industry on modern lines.

He said that the symposium will be a way forward providing ample opportunities for fisheries scientists/technologists to share knowledge and ideas for uplifting of fisheries sector and suggest measures for increase in fish production per unit area.

He further said that fisheries department has launched seven new development projects during financial year 201415 and hoped that after completion of these projects not only the departmental personnel and private farmers will be benefited with rich knowledge and hands on training but also fish yield per unit area will be increased.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 25, 2015
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