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PCJCCI Suggests Chinese Technology ‘Aquaponics’ In Pakistan To Control Food Shortage, Water Crisis

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LAHORE– The Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has suggested to follow Chinese roof-top farming technology named “Aquaponics” to overcome food shortage, water crisis, excessive use of pesticides and expensive fertilizers.

President PCJCCI Shah Faisal Afridi gave the suggestion while addressing the think tank meeting of the chamber on Wednesday.

He said Aquaponics is a technique that harvest both fish and vegetables, using the waste from the fish to feed the plants and the plants to clean the water for the fish.

By combining the fish, water and plants, Aquaponics system use an integrated environment to produce vegetables and fish in a very small space, with very little water, he said adding that Aquaponics was being explored by China for several decades as a possible solution to the foregoing environmental energy, and food shortage problems.

The technique is capable of producing around 5,000 kg of vegetables and 500 kg of fish per year by utilizing limited space, he said and informed that Aquaponics systems were much more productive by using up to 90% less water than conventional gardens.

Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting, he added.

Mr. Ahmed Hasnsain, Vice President PCJCCI, speaking on this occasion, explicated that Chinese model of latest soil-free and rooftop farming technology of “Aquaponics”, facilitates Pakistan with an opportunity not only to return a level of personal or household food production to cities but also create a viable commercial urban farming sector.

Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, General Secretary PCJCCI said that rapid rise in seafood demand in developed countries gives Pakistan an opportunity to expand and improve fish farming techniques and aquaculture practices in order to earn more foreign exchange.

Modernizing fish farming techniques would be very beneficial for Pakistan along with net trade income from other agricultural commodities like coffee, rubber, corn, soya bean, he said and informed that currently nearly 500,000 people are directly engaged in fishing in Pakistan and another 600,000 in the ancillary industries.— PRESS RELEASE