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Aqua Idea Workshop at UE Emphasizes Private Sector’s Role in Aquaculture Promotion

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LAHORE– One day “Aqua Idea Workshop 2021” was organized by the joint collaboration of University of Education (UE) and Alltech Pakistan at UE Township Campus on Saturday.

The workshop was attended by the Vice Chancellor University of Education, Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (S.I), Vice Chancellor University of Baltistan Skardu, Dr. Naeem Khan, Director/CEO Alltech Pakistan, Dr. Shahzad Naveed Jadoon, Bram Meersman, Alltech Coppens, Netherlands, Renowned Nutritionist Dr. Muhammad Athar, President Trout Association Swat, Mr. Rasheed, Dr. Hafeez- Ur-Rehman, Dr. Ghazala Jabeen and Dr. Mahwish Faheem.

While welcoming the guests & participants the Vice Chancellor University of Education, Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (S.I) said there is a lot of potential in aquaculture and if the private sector also invests and participates in it, the best results can be achieved. Through this sector, we can give strong support to our economy. Our farmer is very hardworking, he is ready to learn new things, just need to pay attention to it. Focusing on aquaculture will bring about a time when we will not only be self-sufficient in agricultural commodities but also be able to export them to the world.

The Vice Chancellor said the aim of organizing this workshop is to gather stakeholders of aquaculture industry, academia, Government officials and international aqua experts to exchange IDEAS about advancing in aquaculture Pakistan chapter keeping in view the global & local food concerns and identify the sustainable growth factors.

Aquaculture is a rather recent activity in Pakistan and is still in its infancy; nevertheless there is immense potential for development of the sector. Dr. Pasha said it also contributes towards food security of the country as it reduces the existing pressure on demand for mutton, beef and poultry.

Aquaculture has also received a substantial amount of government investment during recent years and facilities are now in place that can provide the basis for a major future expansion in aquaculture production.

The present govt. is doing a lot to help Aqua Culture Industry while taking different steps and we the academicians & researchers should play our due role to help govt. in this noble cause, he added.

While addressing the workshop, the different speakers said the University of Education and Alltech deserve the appreciation for organizing such a useful workshop which will be proved a remarkable step towards the development of Aqua Culture.

They said 30% area of Pakistan has water which has large reservoir of different types of fishes & other sea food but because of poor infrastructure, lake of technology and management skills we are not getting benefits from this opportunity.

They said such type of activities can help to boost our economy at large. At the end, Assistant Professor University of Education, Lahore Dr. Mudassir Shahzad thanked the participants of the workshop.— PRESS RELEASE